Safer than liquid alcohol
First off, I’m happy to report that Gov. Ducey of AZ just vetoed the bill to ban powdered alcohol. I have found that once legislators took the time to learn the truth about Palcohol vs. the untruths presented by critics who know nothing about the product, they recognize that banning Palcohol is not the answer.
So it concerns me that there is a proposed ban of powdered alcohol in other states and on the federal level denying millions of responsible adults and hundreds of businesses a chance to use this legal, safe and revolutionary new product that has applications in medicine, energy, hospitality, the military, manufacturing, etc. as well as reducing the carbon footprint by being so much lighter to ship than liquid alcohol.
Banning Palcohol is a bad decision for several reasons:
I. The legislators are limiting our freedom of choice
Even though all of these individuals and businesses want Palcohol, the legislators are telling them they can’t have a legal product, basically saying they know what’s better than the people themselves. Whether you are conservative or liberal, no one wants a nanny government telling its citizens what they can and cannot drink. The legislature is there to protect the citizen’s right to choose and support innovative business ideas, not to impose your values on them.
II. Why aren’t critics calling for a ban on liquid alcohol?
Let’s get one thing clear...banning powdered alcohol is not about public safety. If it really was about public safety, then why isn’t a move made to ban liquid alcohol also…..a product abused by millions of people causing the death of tens of thousands of people each year. Liquid alcohol is a bigger threat to public health than Palcohol will ever be.
Liquid alcohol is easier to conceal, easier to spike drinks and easier to use to binge drink. It's much less expensive and allows someone to get drunk faster, both which appeal to the underage drinker.
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The TTB approved Palcohol on March 10, 2015 and It is now legal to be sold in the United States. We will be working on getting the production facility up and running. It will take a while but hopefully it will be available this summer. paragraph here.
Click above for a video done by Wired.com about powdered alcohol. Although the powdered alcohol made in the video is not equal to what Palcohol is, it does show how the concerns about its misuse is overblown.
Palcohol will be made in two different formulations, a Beverage Formulation (ingestible) and an Industrial Formulation (non-ingestible).
Beverage Formulation: In its beverage formulation, Palcohol is for the legitimate and responsible enjoyment by lawful consumers and has several applications:
Industrial Formulation (non-ingestible): The industrial formulation, different from the consumer formulation, has many possible positive uses in industry. People have contacted us with several in mind. Of course, until Palcohol gets government approval, we can not know exactly what the applications will be. Examples include:
No, this isn’t about powdered alcohol being a public safety threat. It’s about the liquor companies protecting their market share and profits. It's about critics who don’t even know about Palcohol spreading untruths about the product to gain support for a ban.Even though liquid alcohol is a proven public health problem, we don’t ban it….and we shouldn’t ban powdered alcohol. We’ve learned that Prohibition doesn’t work. We can't legislate behavior.
III. Banning Palcohol will make it EASIER for kids to get it
While the intentions by legislators to ban powdered alcohol is to keep it out of the hands of underage drinkers, a ban will actually make it easier for kids to get a hold of it….the very reason they want to ban it. A ban heightens demand for the product (we want what we can't have) and the government has no control over distribution.
A concerned parent said she was for the ban of Palcohol to keep it away from her child. I asked her which is easier, for her 15 year old daughter to buy marijuana or a bottle of vodka in a liquor store? There's no way a 15 year old can buy vodka in a liquor store but it's easy to buy marijuana on the street. That’s because alcohol is regulated and marijuana is not. Although I’m not a parent, my degree is in Elementary Education and I taught in the school for many years. I have a great concern for kids. Thus, Palcohol needs to be regulated to keep it out of the hands of the youth.
IV. Banning Palcohol is fiscally irresponsible
Secondly, a ban will be a double whammy financially. The government will have to spend money it doesn't have to enforce the ban and on top of that, the government won't realize the significant tax revenue from the legal sales of powdered alcohol so it’s fiscally irresponsible to ban powdered alcohol.
V. Palcohol is actually harder to misuse than liquid alcohol
Unfortunately, the media coverage has focused on the perceived negative aspects of powdered alcohol as a result of ignorance about the product. Remember, no one has ever tried Palcohol so all the criticisms are just speculation. Here are a few of the inaccurate statements:
1. People will snort it. I doubt it. People snort liquid alcohol and get drunk quickly which is why they do it. However, you can’t get drunk from snorting powdered alcohol because there’s too much powder and it’s very painful to snort. It’s cheaper, faster and less painful to get drunk on liquid alcohol
2. Powdered alcohol will make it easier to sneak into venues. Not true. A shot of liquid alcohol is 1/4 the volume of a shot of powdered alcohol so it’s much easier to sneak liquid alcohol into venues.
3. It will be easier to spike a drink. Not true. Liquid alcohol dissolves 30 times faster in a drink.
4. It’s super-concentrated. No it’s not. It has the same alcohol by volume as a standard mixed drink.
5. Kids will get a hold of it easier. How? It will be sold in liquor stores just like liquid alcohol.
6. It’s appealing to underage drinkers. Just the opposite. Palcohol costs four times more than liquid alcohol and one can’t drink it straight like liquid alcohol. Kids will always choose liquid alcohol.
7. Palcohol can be sprinkled on food to get someone drunk. Well, it can be sprinkled on food but it would be noticeable…..and it wouldn’t make anyone drunk. It’s unlikely that a person could consume enough food/powder to even equal one drink.
So you can see that all of the criticisms are just hyperbole created by people who have no knowledge of the product.
In summary, there is no good reason to ban powdered alcohol and there are plenty of reasons not to ban it. Palcohol needs to be made legal, regulated and taxed just like liquid alcohol. It’s the responsible thing to do to keep it out of the hands of children.
Following is more information on the many uses of Palcohol.