Powdered Alcohol – Probably Not in Texas

Written by Greg on April 28, 2015

Powdered Alcohol

Recently, as early as March, the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade bureau has approved the sale of powered alcohol. Powered alcohol, often called palcohol is a powered drink that can be mixed with liquids such as water.

One can equate this to Crystal Light or Kool-aide in which powdered substances are mixed with water in order to make a new beverage altogether, such as fruit punch or a special cherry drink. Powdered alcohol would work the same way in that these powder mixes can be used to make an alcoholic beverage. According to the research, alcoholic beverages made from powdered drinks can have alcohol content levels that are on par with a shot of vodka.

Thus far, six states have outright banned the product with two more introducing house bills that may do the same.

If you are looking to try this new drink in Texas – think again. The House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee approved a bill banning the sale of powdered alcohol in Texas. This was done through HB 1018, which is said to take effect on September 1st, 2015. According to the house bill, no person can manufacture, sell, serve, import, or possess (for the purpose of sale) any alcoholic beverage made from:

  • Any compound made from synthetic materials
  • Substandard wines
  • Imitation wines
  • Powdered alcohol (whether alone or reconstituted)

In order to understand why the sale of powdered alcohol it is essential to examine several different factors. First and foremost, powdered alcohol has the same potential dangers that normal alcohol might entail. According to Jessica Cance, the chairperson of the High Risk Drinking Committee for UT’s Wellness Network, “Technically it’s just alcohol, so we know what alcohol does to us. Knowing what potential side effects powdered alcohol could have on individuals or the public at large, we don’t know yet.”

Therein is one of the biggest problems. There is not enough adequate research to determine what the effects of powdered alcohol can be in terms of the general public. Although researchers understand that powdered alcohol has the same alcoholic content as regular, liquid alcohol, and the health effects would be the same, there are still many other considerations to make.

For example, one must consider how this product might be regulated and controlled. In a powdered form, it may not have a notable odor, it may be easier to transport and then used from everything to selling to a minor to committing a DWI offense. For example, while being pulled over for erratic driving, powdered alcohol, whether alone or in its mixed form, may be harder to spot than say cans or bottles. In addition, in its powdered form alcohol might be more enticing to children or teens, which could potentially mix it thinking it is another form of drink or have easier access to it than in the traditional alcohol form.

Thankfully, the general populace will be free from the aforementioned speculation of this new form as powdered alcohol sales probably won’t be seen in Texas.

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