Powdered alcohol could soon be sold in stores throughout the United States, but some say the product, marketed under the name Palcohol, could also bring with it unique health risks.
“People argue there is not enough evidence indicating any more concern than there is for liquid alcohol,” said Robert Glatter, MD, FACEP, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. “But there are certainly other hazards. I think the powdered form is appealing, the flavoring is appealing, and it creates a situation where there’s potential for abuse.”
In early April, the Alcohol and Tobacco and Trade Bureau approved the product for sale in the United States but then revoked that approval, calling it an “error,” according to the Associated Press. The product’s maker, Lipsmark, told the Associated Press it would resubmit after making changes to the volume labeling on its packaging. Initial reports indicated Palcohol could be sold as soon as this summer.