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NYLON – The New York State Assembly and Senate have both introduced bills to ban the sale of recently FDA approved ‘Palcohol,’ or powdered alcohol, in New York State and raised several concerns about how it will impact the way people go about drinking, partying, and just having happy hour.
According to a press release from DePaul’s National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Palcohol can be mixed with water or other substances to create an alcoholic beverage and is likely to be available to consumers this summer, since it was approved for consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in summer 2014, and by the American Alcohol and Tobbacco Tax and Trade Bureau last month on March 10.
“I strongly disagree with the TTB’s decision to legalize this dangerous substance,” said Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky. “I am proud to co-sponsor legislation outlawing Palcohol in New York, and will fight hard to ensure that this product does not reach our state, where it could then be easily procured and abused by our youth.”
The Assembly and Senate have introduced bills to ban the sale of Palcohol due to concerns for public health, raising several concerns that that underage drinkers will be able to get ahold of alcohol more easily, and that the “instant cocktail” will make it easier to sneak into venues and ‘spike’ drinks.
Given that Palcohol is not yet released to the market, there is no data available on how consumers will use this product.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Palcohol website)