Recently Dr. Brad Cloud asked if I had heard of Palcohol. I had not. And now I have. It is powdered alcohol that comes in a container much like a Capri Sun drink. The creator explains that he likes to hike and would enjoy having a drink at the end of his endeavor. He goes on to explain that the weight and numerous items needed to make a mixed drink made it less than practical. He goes on to explain that since Palcohol has been created others have found many additional uses to it due to its ability to be packed easily and with much less weight than alcohol. He lists uses for military in the way of disinfectant, for every day needs like emergency fuel, and for airlines to save millions on fuel costs due to a reduction in weight of the alcohol.
There are those who are skeptical of the possible dangers of Palcohol. There are worries that the public will attempt to snort Palcohol as it comes in powder form. Prior to Palcohol being released this was found on their website, which the creator states was “edgy and unprepared.”
“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.”
There are additional concerns that the newness of the item will result in overdoses. There are also concerns that the ability to carry the item so easily in one’s pocket will increase access to children and increase the use of the powdered alcohol in events. There is an address for a video from the creator of the product included at the end of this article.
Recently the federal government explained that its approval of Palcohol was done in error. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau withdrew their label approval 13 days after it was given to Palcohol. Palcohol intends on submitting new labels, as it is reported there is a change in the fill level of the packages and they will try again.
April 22, 2014 www.time.com