How is powdered alcohol abused?


Did you know there was powdered alcohol?!?  As shockingly as it sounds, it is true and the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has approved it to be sold in the United States!  This article form gives some background information on the substance and possible risks!

What is powdered alcohol?

Powdered alcohol is produced when alcohol is absorbed by a sugar derivative called dextrin, and is later put through an encapsulation process. The mechanism is simple, since certain sugar derivatives can be used to trap ethanol and create powder. When the powder is stored in well-sealed containers, it can stay in powdery state until it’s mixed with water or any other liquid. Dextrin, in particular, can hold up to 60% of it’s own weight in alcohol.

Powdered alcohol abuse risks

1. The encapsulating process doesn’t prevent users from breaking the capsule and using the powder in ways this product was not intended to be consumed.

2. Powdered alcohol products can be snorted, combined with other products that contain alcohol, or given to someone who is not aware what they are ingesting. These facts also raised concerns for the law enforcement.

3. Consumers can combine several packages of powdered alcohol together, or mix the alcoholic powder with liquid alcohol or energy drinks. The potential for overuse is real, but scientists have no evidence how potent these created beverages would be or what are the side-effects and dangers of such combinations.

4. It can be easier for youth to obtain, use and abuse powdered alcohol than liquor or other alcoholic beverages. The risk is even bigger when the potential outcomes of powdered alcohol use are still not fully explored.

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A company named Palcohol is designing different flavored powdered alcohol and expects it to be for sale in the summer of 2015!  Mark Phillips created the substance as a solution of being active and wanting to consume an adult beverage while not having to carry a bottle around during his active outings.  It could have potentials of easier access for underage drinking and possible increase of alcohol and substance abuse addiction.

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