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Powdered Alcohol is Coming to a Liquor Store Near You
The Verge ^ | April 20, 2014 | Dante D'Orazio

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 ...


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The War on Drugs. The US Government, the Biggest Drug Dealer of Them All.

Hey, ATF,

(Whisper) Powdered Cocoa Leaves.......Shhhhh.

1 posted on 04/20/2014 3:33:08 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Guess I’m gonna need another salt shaker for my dining room table!


2 posted on 04/20/2014 3:34:26 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: lbryce
This is going to get the nanny-staters panties in a wad.

/johnny

3 posted on 04/20/2014 3:37:47 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: lbryce

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclodextrin


4 posted on 04/20/2014 3:39:18 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: lbryce

5 posted on 04/20/2014 3:40:01 PM PDT by Bobalu (Four Cokes And A Fried Chicken)
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To: lbryce

This sounds like a very very very bad idea


6 posted on 04/20/2014 3:40:50 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

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).


7 posted on 04/20/2014 3:42:37 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Please excuse the potholes in this tagline. Social programs have to take priority in our funding.)
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To: lbryce

99 packets of beer on the wall, 99 packets of beer...


8 posted on 04/20/2014 3:43:53 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I don’t believe it


9 posted on 04/20/2014 3:44:02 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: lbryce
I always wonder what happened to Lik-m-aid...


10 posted on 04/20/2014 3:46:40 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: lbryce

Kids have been using Vodka to make Jello for decades.


11 posted on 04/20/2014 3:48:35 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: bert
You must be right. If God intended for us to have powdered alcohol, He surely would have foretold of it through His prophets.

/johnny

12 posted on 04/20/2014 3:48:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Camping trips will be happier.

How will the TSA know?

13 posted on 04/20/2014 3:51:56 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: lbryce

I’ve just consulted with the Palcohol website and have confirmed that it is, indeed, gluten free.

Rejoice, friends!


14 posted on 04/20/2014 3:52:48 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (The greatest trick the Soviets ever pulled was convincing the world they didn't exist.)
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To: lbryce

So what happens when you snort it. Cause you know someone will.


15 posted on 04/20/2014 3:56:04 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
So what happens when you snort it.

Damn you! That was my first thought.
16 posted on 04/20/2014 4:03:23 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

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.”


17 posted on 04/20/2014 4:04:30 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: driftdiver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwfxXWefyCA


18 posted on 04/20/2014 4:07:22 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: lbryce

Frat boys must be lining up to snort it, smoke it and shoot it up their butts.


19 posted on 04/20/2014 4:14:48 PM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is Ballot Stuffing)
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To: lbryce

Necessity is the mother of invention. This nonsense would never need to be invented if we had reasonable laws concerning alcoholic beverages.


20 posted on 04/20/2014 4:18:12 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: andyk

When I was in the Air Force I knew a guy who would snort soju. Soju is a grain alcohol.


21 posted on 04/20/2014 4:20:31 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver; andyk
From the article:

"The original site, which has now been replaced with a more responsible, updated version, even offered this gem:

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.

The updated site now says that the powder is cut with enough filler to make snorting inefficient. "

22 posted on 04/20/2014 4:20:35 PM PDT by TaxPayer2000
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To: TaxPayer2000

Someone will figure it out and will die.


23 posted on 04/20/2014 4:22:47 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Hardastarboard

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.


24 posted on 04/20/2014 4:25:19 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: andyk; driftdiver

>>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...


25 posted on 04/20/2014 4:26:00 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: lbryce

Ping for prep reasons.


26 posted on 04/20/2014 4:30:14 PM PDT by The Toll (e)
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To: lbryce
It's not hard to come up with ways kids are going to get in trouble with this one, . . .

Kids? Many, many irresponsible Freepers will get in trouble with this one. Time was when Conservative people looked to live according to common sense and high standards. Now, just any ole drunk can be a conservative.
27 posted on 04/20/2014 4:32:20 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: driftdiver
Can't fix stupidity.

/johnny

28 posted on 04/20/2014 4:38:49 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SamAdams76

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.


29 posted on 04/20/2014 4:39:23 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: lbryce

Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin were mixing powdered alcohol in outer space back in the eraly 1960’s. LOL.


30 posted on 04/20/2014 4:40:17 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: JRandomFreeper

well in a way you can if they do it before having children.


31 posted on 04/20/2014 4:40:29 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: lbryce

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32 posted on 04/20/2014 4:47:10 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: lbryce

How the hell does this even WORK? Doesn’t alcohol evaporate during the powdering process?


33 posted on 04/20/2014 4:51:10 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: cva66snipe

Rock Hudson and Doris Day in “Lover Come Back,” and the mystery product, VIP. 1962.


34 posted on 04/20/2014 4:56:31 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: lbryce


35 posted on 04/20/2014 4:56:41 PM PDT by Iron Munro (NSA reports Malaysia Flight 370 black box signals detected in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: lbryce

The rectal packers are going to have some real problems with alcohol toxicity.


36 posted on 04/20/2014 4:58:37 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: lbryce

This is gonna be a huge hit in the prison where I work... and the prisoners might like it, too!

CC


37 posted on 04/20/2014 4:58:40 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: Grams A
For starters, the prohibitions against having alcoholic beverages in public (such as at the beach or just walking down the street). Now everybody toting around bottled water is going to be under suspicion because all you have to do is pour one of those powder packets into it to make it an alcoholic drink.

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.

38 posted on 04/20/2014 5:08:55 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

So this is how they get rid of plastic bottles?


39 posted on 04/20/2014 5:09:39 PM PDT by Kackikat
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To: lbryce

Swell just another way for drunks to get drunk


40 posted on 04/20/2014 5:13:32 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: lbryce

um... is this still april 1???


41 posted on 04/20/2014 5:18:04 PM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: Hardastarboard

Thanks.


42 posted on 04/20/2014 5:23:55 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: chajin

Now, THAT is clever.


43 posted on 04/20/2014 5:23:59 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: SamAdams76
Get a warrant.

/johnny

44 posted on 04/20/2014 5:24:02 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

You made me laugh, you made me laugh.


45 posted on 04/20/2014 5:25:04 PM PDT by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce
and they banned vapor shots...
46 posted on 04/20/2014 5:37:43 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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47 posted on 04/20/2014 5:38:40 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: Grams A

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.


48 posted on 04/20/2014 5:40:55 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

Is that what the drunks are sniffing in the toilet stalls in bars?

Some people will do anything to get their demon booze!


49 posted on 04/20/2014 5:42:28 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: GeronL

“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.


50 posted on 04/20/2014 5:48:27 PM PDT by jameslalor
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