I used to be a heavy drinker until my body said ‘no mas’. My friends would say I over did it just a tad so I had to cut it out completely; for now at least. Recently I heard about a powdered alcohol that was approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau this March so I had to look into it. For research purposes of course.  Here is the science behind the product: Alcohol powder is molecularly encapsulated ethanol. The powder produces an alcoholic beverage when mixed with water. Immediatly my trouble radar went off. I drank like a fish when it was in liquid form so I can imagine the inventive way people will get schmacked with a pill or powder. I’m not the only one imagining this;  on March 25, 2015, alcohol wholesalers and distributors in the state of Maryland (USA) announced an agreement to voluntary ban the distribution and sale of powdered alcohol. Concerns included abuse by minors and the potential to snort the powder; and the ease of using the powder to bring alcohol into public events or spike drinks. At the same time a bill to ban Palcohol for one year was under consideration in the Maryland House of Delegates. A quick little search and I dug up one person who snorted the powder with, shall I say entertaining results:



This video was taken before the Arizona-based company Lipsmark LLC, who will market under the name Palcohol changed the ingredients so that a person would have to snort a half cup of the powder to get as bombed as our toothless homeboy above. Parents and activist of all kind are up in arms about the fact that this product will be easy to abuse and may cause some serious overdose issues. Alcohol itself is pretty easy to abuse so i’m on the fence about the reason behind banning it but Lipsmark addresess those concerns on their website stating:

Alcohol misuse and abuse is a real problem. People can abuse any product and there’s no controlling what a person does with a product. What’s the solution? We know that you can’t legislate behavior so banning Palcohol is not the solution. We have to educate people on the responsible use of alcohol….

Listen, people can snort black pepper….so do we ban it? No, just because a few goofballs use a product irresponsibly doesn’t mean you ban it. But even the goofballs won’t snort Palcohol due to the pain the alcohol would cause. It really burns. Imagine sniffing liquid vodka. Second, it’s impractical. It takes approximately 60 minutes to snort the equivalent of one shot of vodka. Why would anyone do that when they can do a shot of liquid vodka in two seconds?


They have a point and it looks like Palcohol will be on it’s way to the streets this summer. Will you be drinking?


Powdered Alcohol: An ER Visit Waiting to Happen?

source: Palchol Website