HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Powdered alcohol, or Palcohol, is a new product many people haven't even heard of.
"Wow, powdered alcohol," said Jordan Wilkins, who does not approve of the product. "Not healthy and not safe at all. If alcohol is bad for you as it is, powdered base alcohol will probably be worse."
The product comes in a powder form and you simply add it to water to make an alcoholic beverage. It comes in a few varieties, including vodka and rum. It also comes in three cocktails: Cosmopolitan, Powderita and lemon drop.
The main issue is how much powder is actually in the packets and how people may abuse the substance. It was reported the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol. However, a representative for the bureau stated the approvals were, "issued in error." Palcohol's parent company, Lipsmark said, "There seemed to be a discrepancy on our fill level and how much powder is in the bag." Palcohols website, as of April 24 said, "We have re-submitted our labels. A minor change was all that was needed, so we expect that the labels should be approved soon." If the product is approved, people say they're still concerned.
"A lot of times we bring out new products and find out later on some of the things that are in these products cause damage to our immune system or our bodies," Danny Anthony said, who also doesn't like the idea.
Other issues concerning Palcohol include snorting the product and putting it on food to feel the effects quicker. When Palcohol resubmits the proposed labels, they are to ensure the contents are explained clearly so consumers don't abuse or misuse the product. Palcohol said it hopes to hit stores in the fall of this year.