Mark Phillips, creator of Palcohol –a powdered alcohol, says that his product is the perfect solution for responsible adults who want to have a drink at their convenience.

Well, that certainly covers a part of the US population, but what about underage teenagers and the not-so-responsible adults? Powdered alcohol critics argue that this product will just add to the current alcohol epidemic among teenagers and young adults. Senate Minority Leader Emeritus Bob Huff, argues that this substance is yet another drug that we should be concerned about and for good reason – since some are predicting Palcohol will become the Kool-Aid of teenage binge drinking. Thirty-one states have already banned the product, but that doesn’t detract from risk-averse teenagers looking to use alcohol. Furthermore, concerned critics have explained that many people would abuse the product, and instead of following consumption regulations and advice, they could try to snort it or overdose it. However, regardless of protest groups and a variety of state efforts, it’s happening… powdered alcohol appears to be on its way out.


Powdered alcohol is a dried form of alcohol than can be mixed with water to create liquid alcohol. One packet of Palcohol equals one shot, according to the company’s website. Each packet weighs 1 ounce and turns into liquid when mixed with 6 ounces of water. The makers of Palcohol explain that they will be releasing into the market five different flavors in order to appeal to different tastes: Vodka, Rum, Cosmopolitan, Powderita (which is like a margarita) and Lemon Drop. Mark Phillips stated that this product will be especially suitable for outdoor sports fans who like to have a drink once they reach their destination or anyone who’s looking for a more portable way to transport alcohol. When explaining the rationale behind his product, he argued that carrying liquid alcohol and mixers in bottles to make a margarita, for example, was totally impractical.


Teenagers love to rebel against society’s rules. That’s not news. Bringing powdered alcohol to the market could present new ways for this young demographic to abuse the substance. However, despite claims of it being an “apparently harmless” product, it could be a gateway for teenagers to drink and abuse alcohol, experimenting with higher than safe doses, or even mixing powdered alcohol with other substances. Any of these practices could easily put teenagers at high risk. Huff’s office added that the substance can be easily sold and transferred, making it a prime product for abuse by children and teenagers without no parental supervision or guidance. Experimenting with powdered alcohol could end up being fatal, just like it is with the many legal and illegal substances that people abuse today. New York Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz had said when talking about the potential dangers of powdered alcohol, kids can stash Palcohol in their pocket when they leave the house for a party, and their parents would never know the difference.

On a favorable note for the product though, the creator of Palcohol and his team explained that powdered alcohol is not some super concentrated version of alcohol, but a simple one shot of alcohol in powdered form. Phillips argues Palcohol is safer than liquid alcohol and offers a number of benefits. By changing its composition in a certain way, Palcohol can be adapted for culinary purposes. Furthermore, the fact that it is easy to carry and transport increases its potential uses in the medical field to treat people in hard to reach areas of the world, where it is difficult to transport alcohol in liquid form. Many poor areas could benefit of this characteristic of the product.


Thirty-one states have already banned Palcohol, either permanently or temporarily. Many organizations for the recovery of alcoholics as well as parents have voiced their opinions against the product. They fear their kids might end up being the most affected population. Alcohol is an addictive substance when overused and that is why it is so important teenagers don’t have access to it. They are at such a young age that it would be harder for them to control the amount of drinking and not end up getting dangerously intoxicated or addicted to alcohol. Parents argue that powdered alcohol can be snorted, mixed, vaped, and consumed in a number of dangerous ways, and this increases their skepticism towards the “benefits” of the soon to be released product.


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Powdered Alcohol is on its Way Out