Skip to comments.Powdered Alcohol is Coming to a Liquor Store Near You
Posted on 04/20/2014 3:33:08 PM PDT by lbryce
Putting a can of beer in a brown paper bag is about to look like child's play. A new product that's somehow been approved by US regulators makes booze as discreet as a packet of sugar. It's called Palcohol, and it transforms a shot of vodka or rum into a pocketable pouch of powder. Tear it open, add some water, mix, and you've got hard liquor. Considering the age group that Palcohol is going to appeal to, however, the sweet, pre-mixed powders are probably going to be far more popular. To start off, the company plans to make margarita, mojito, cosmopolitan, and lemon drop flavors.
It's not hard to come up with ways kids are going to get in trouble with this one, but Palcohol offers a few suggestions on its website (cached) ranging from sneaking booze into places like movie theaters and college sporting events (where alcohol is banned) to sprinkling it directly onto food so teens don't even have to stomach the bitter alcohol flavor. Just in case you don't get the idea, the product's motto is "Take your Pal wherever you go!" The original site, which has now been replaced with a more responsible, updated version, even offered this gem:
(Excerpt) Read more at theverge.com ...
(Whisper) Powdered Cocoa Leaves.......Shhhhh.
Guess I’m gonna need another salt shaker for my dining room table!
The way it works is by encapsulating the ethanol inside a complex sugar derivative, called Cyclodextrin. When mixed with water, the encapsulating molecule breaks, freeing the ethanol.
This sounds like a very very very bad idea
I want to be the first to mention the Sugar Free Gummy Bears reviews on Amazon (look it up - WELL worth the time). I mention this because the Cyclodextrin sounds suspiciously like a powerful laxative (let’s hope not).
99 packets of beer on the wall, 99 packets of beer...
I don’t believe it
Kids have been using Vodka to make Jello for decades.
How will the TSA know?
I’ve just consulted with the Palcohol website and have confirmed that it is, indeed, gluten free.
So what happens when you snort it. Cause you know someone will.
Hmmm.... Just checking my cargo shorts pockets. Looks like I could be a walking Carnevale. Just need a garden hose or hydrant and I’m in bidness. Folk in New Orleans ain’t goin’ like dis.
“Let me have a Red Solo Cup of water, that’s all.”
Frat boys must be lining up to snort it, smoke it and shoot it up their butts.
Necessity is the mother of invention. This nonsense would never need to be invented if we had reasonable laws concerning alcoholic beverages.
When I was in the Air Force I knew a guy who would snort soju. Soju is a grain alcohol.
"The original site, which has now been replaced with a more responsible, updated version, even offered this gem:
Lets talk about the elephant in the room snorting Palcohol. Yes, you can snort it. And youll 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 updated site now says that the powder is cut with enough filler to make snorting inefficient. "
Someone will figure it out and will die.
Cyclodextrin probably isn’t as ‘effective’ as the sweetener in the gummy bears.
I know someone who eats 3 or 4 of those every day for therapeutic purposes. Ditched a very expensive prescription drug for that purpose too.
>>So what happens when you snort it.
Damn you! That was my first thought.<<
Has it been 10 seconds since release?
That should be the timeframe to answer that question...
Ping for prep reasons.
This nonsense would never need to be invented if we had reasonable laws concerning alcoholic beverages.”
Just curious, what specific laws concerning alcoholic beverages do you think we have at the present time that are unreasonable and responsible for this invention.
Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin were mixing powdered alcohol in outer space back in the eraly 1960’s. LOL.
well in a way you can if they do it before having children.
How the hell does this even WORK? Doesn’t alcohol evaporate during the powdering process?
Rock Hudson and Doris Day in “Lover Come Back,” and the mystery product, VIP. 1962.
The rectal packers are going to have some real problems with alcohol toxicity.
This is gonna be a huge hit in the prison where I work... and the prisoners might like it, too!
Mark my words, people with water bottles are going to start coming under the scrutiny of law enforcement and they will be equipped with electronic devices that test the alcohol content of said water.
So this is how they get rid of plastic bottles?
Swell just another way for drunks to get drunk
um... is this still april 1???
Now, THAT is clever.
You made me laugh, you made me laugh.
The laws that put M4s and armed Hummers in the hands of 17 year olds and tell them they are not responsible enough for alcohol for 4 years would be a good start.
Anyone wish to tell me how it is logically possible that an 18yo can be trusted to drive fire and kill with an M1A1 tank and not be allowed in the enlisted club? Anyone wanna tell me why a 19 yo can have a couple combat tours under his belt and be endangered by a beer when he gets home?
Anyone wanna tell me why a 20 yo can get married, have a couple kids by that point, and be responsible enough for them but not responsible enough to buy a bottle at the bar?
Can’t wait to see the excuses.
Is that what the drunks are sniffing in the toilet stalls in bars?
Some people will do anything to get their demon booze!
“This sounds like a very very very bad idea”
No, the biased and alarmist reporting is a bad idea. This product though is a great idea.
Do you know what a godsend this is to backpackers? Easier to back than bottles or flasks, little if any waste to destroy or carry out, significantly lower weight - just filter some water. Even the ultralight crowd can get behind this innovation. Hell, they just need to work up some powdered coca-cola now and you can have a backpacker’s rum&coke a week into a PCT or AT hike.
As far as kids buying it and using it, there’s as much danger of that as them buying beer or everclear. I can’t conceive of this encouraging any significantly greater underage alcohol use or abuse, and given the significantly higher cost per ounce for cyclodextrin-encased alcohol I can’t see teenagers wasting money on this when they could get a cheap bottle of vodka instead.
As far as public intoxication and the like, seems like it would be a lot less surreptitious than the old standby of filling up a camelbak with everclear and lemonade before the ball game, or mixing something in a styrofoam cup from a fast-food joint before taking a walk.
In short, it’s likely to be an expensive boutique product for a very small subset of customers. It won’t significantly influence alcohol abuse or public intoxication. It will however make a hard day’s hike in rough country a little more enjoyable.