While powdered alcohol may offer its fair share of convenience, its also stirring up controversy.
Palcohol comes in individual packets, each one designed to be mixed with six ounces of water. Currently the company has four flavors, including a cosmopolitan and margarita-flavored “powderita.”
The man behind palcohol, claims the on-the-go alcoholic beverages was created for people who enjoy the outdoors and have active lifestyles.
“When I hike, kayak, backpack or whatever, I like to have a drink when I reach my destination. And carrying liquid alcohol and mixers to make a margarita for instance was totally impractical,” Mark Phillips said. Critics say hes grasping at straws.
Concerns are mounting that the products portability makes it easy to transport and conceal, so it can be sneaked in to places where alcohol is prohibited. Others express concern about the product being snorted and more easily abused by underage drinkers.
Drug agents are also concerned about what kind of effect powdered alcohol may have on open container laws and how the substance will be monitored. During a police stop, how will law enforcement be able to distinguish powdered alcohol from other illegal substances? These are questions that remain to be answered.
One thing we do know, palcohol will be subject to the same rules as liquid alcohol, so people will need to be age 21 or older to buy it.
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