In 2014, powdered alcohol, or Palcohol, was in the news a lot. It was approved for market, and then removed almost immediately. But in March of 2015, the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau re-approved it for sale in the United States.
So, what is Palcohol exactly? Essentially, Palcohol is a powder form of alcohol. You take a packet of your choosing, which there are several flavors, and mix them with water to create an alcoholic drink. Many people have voiced concerns over this product, so we decided to look into it and answer some questions.
How Easy Is It For Teenagers To Get Palcohol?
Will they have fruity flavors? Yes, they will. Will this be appealing to teenagers? Of course. This is always a possibility. However, it will not be any easier or harder for them to get than regular alcohol. Palcohol will be distributed and controlled the same way regular alcohol is.
This isn’t to say they will not be capable at all. They are packets, and therefore probably easier to steal. But that’s a matter for you as a parent to teach your child of why that is wrong. It is also a matter to teach them why not to start drinking at a young age.
Teenagers will always be looking for ways to get their hands on alcohol or palcohol. And there is really only so much a vendor can do to keep your child from getting it. At the end of the day though, it comes down to you the parent.
Is Palcohol Safe To Consume?
Palcohol is only as dangerous as other regular liquid alcoholic drinks. Just like those other drinks, it should only be had in moderation. If you already have an addiction or abuse problem with alcohol, it should be avoided just the same.
Can You Snort Palcohol?
Technically, it is a powder and can be snorted. However, doing so would be extremely painful. It is alcohol, and as we know from putting it on cuts, it can sting very badly. The same is true with palcohol. You won’t want to even snort it because of this.
It also won’t do anything for you. You can’t get drunk or high by snorting palcohol. The amounts you would have to snort to feel much other than pain would be enough that you would stop beforehand because of the pain caused.
Palcohol must have water mixed with it in order to activate it properly. This is why it would be better to just drink it, rather than try and snort it. Each packet is a shot of alcohol, so just drinking it will give the desired effect anyway.
Could Palcohol Be Used To Spike The Punch Bowl/Other Drinks?
Technically, yes. However, the amount is why this would not work out well without notice. If it is your own personal drink, they would have to pour in an entire packet. Then, they would have to really stir it in to dissolve it for maximum effect. And that is only equal to one shot.
If it’s a punch bowl though, you’ll probably notice. The amount of one packet of palcohol requires at least 6oz of liquid. A standard punch bowl holds around 432 oz. of liquid. If you do the math, they would have to throw in 72 packets of palcohol to make it one shot worth of alcohol per standard 6oz drink. You’ll notice someone that keeps pouring packets into a punch bowl.
Where Is Palcohol Legal?
Palcohol has already been banned in many states. These are, so far, Alaska, Michigan, Delaware, Vermont, Louisiana, and South Carolina. Other states that are considering banning, or trying to currently pass legislation to ban palcohol are New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Minnesota.
No other states at this time have made any official statement one way or another about palcohol. They are more than likely waiting to see how it goes first before arriving at a decision, but still working on plans in case it doesn’t go well.
Bonus Question: Will Palcohol Affect Someone’s Alcohol Addiction?
It isn’t fully known how palcohol will affect alcoholism in an individual. However, it can be more than likely that it will in fact affect a person’s alcoholism. It should be avoided the same as avoiding liquid alcohol.
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