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Feds: Powdered Alcohol Approved in ‘Error’

  1. RoboCodeine7610
    The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau rescinded its April 8 'label approval' of controversial new product Palcohol

    The federal government admitted Monday that its recent approval of Palcohol—a powdered alcohol which turns water into vodka and rum—was actually done in “error.”

    The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau granted Palcohol “label approval” on April 8 only to withdraw it 13 days later. “TTB did approve labels for Palcohol,” it said in a statement. “Those label approvals were issued in error and have since been surrendered.”

    Palcohol’s parent company Lipsmark said in a statement that “there seemed to be a discrepancy on our fill level, how much powder is in the bag” and that the approvals were surrendered on the afternoon of April 21. “This doesn’t mean that Palcohol isn’t approved,” it said. “It just means that these labels aren’t approved. We will re-submit labels.” Palcohol will have to resubmit labels for approval to the bureau, which is part of the Department of Treasury.

    The government had originally approved various types of Palcohol—ranging from lemon drops to cosmopolitans. Various news outlets noted the approval of the product more than a week later, when it began covering the science and safety of the powdered drink.

    And with good reason, as powdered alcohol has the potential to be a public health nightmare. Beyond the fact that it’s easy for underage drinkers to use discreetly, the potential for users to snort it is serious business. Snorting alcohol is dangerous because it’s quickly absorbed, and users get intoxicated immediately. People have already tried snorting liquid alcohol, and that can cause damage to nasal passages.

    Palcohol’s marketing has not always taken this threat entirely seriously. According to blog SB Nation, Palcohol’s website originally stated:

    Let’s talk about the elephant in the room….snorting Palcohol. Yes, you can snort it. And you’ll get drunk almost instantly because the alcohol will be absorbed so quickly in your nose. Good idea? No. It will mess you up. Use Palcohol responsibly.

    The site has since clarified, “There was a page visible on this site where we were experimenting with some humorous and edgy verbiage about Palcohol. It was not meant to be our final presentation of Palcohol.” The company was not immediately available for comment.

    Laura Stampler



  1. Lex_Talioniz
    Is this from the country that had a growing trend of people injecting vodka a few years back?

    I'm not a fan of tight regulations and am more for personal responsibility but, adversely, I feel this is asking for trouble.
  2. EveryIsland
    Whenever I see some kind of 'new way' to get drunk, I can't help but wonder why it isn't enough just to drink alcohol. As far as I'm concerned, the mouth-hole is the only appropriate hole for alcohol to enter the body.

    But yes, it doesn't suprise me that this is a mistake - thought at the time that Palcohol could be abused in a variety of ways rather easily.
  3. Basoodler
    The thing that keeps a lot of teens out of the hospital is that the hard stuff burns like hell and tastes bad. That aversion is enough to give the alcohol enough time to kick in before they can drink a critical dose.

    One thing that people don't realize, that took being a alcoholic hiding my habit for me to come to know. is that when you consume a large amount of alcohol all at once it can take a while to hit you. I mean you will feel some buzz after a few minutes, but the full effect can take an hour to hit.. Oh boy does it hit.

    Which leads me to what I think would probably be the main ROA change with a powdered alcohol. Which would be the parachute or gel capped booze as a way to avoid having to deal with the taste. Which would appeal to a much larger group of potential drinkers than liquid IMHO.. You have removed the taste aversion.

    Say you parachute the equivalent of 5 drinks at once. After 10 minutes you probably will have a nice euphoric buzz, feeling loose and without a care. It would be tempting to double up at that point even for a seasoned alcoholic. Trust me, I've made that mistake repeatedly.. After the first parachute hits you like a mack truck, you are fucked.
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