A new alcohol product on the market has many organizations and lawmakers concerned, notably Mothers Against Drunk Driving, particularly in relation to a new perceived threat to underage drinkers. The product, known as Palcohol, is a powdered form of ingestible alcohol. There are already many kinds of alcohol-“spiked” products on the market, such as alcohol/caffeinated beverages and even alcohol-infused whipped cream. Powdered Palcohol presents some new potential problems and/or advantages, depending on your point of view.
Powered alcohol, obviously, is more easily portable in its one-ounce packets, and more easily hidden. This might make it very tempting for underage drinkers. It can be formulated in different flavors, but though it doesn’t create an instant beverage, it can also be abused like other drugs in powdered form, such as cocaine. And as readers of this blog know, even legal products can, and usually will be, abused by someone, somewhere. Unfortunately, when it comes to impairment, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Especially among teens experimenting with risky behavior in every possible form.
As of this posting, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has not formally approved the Palcohol products. Initial “label approval” was rescinded this past April, but only time will tell whether the products will gain approval for sale in the U.S. And if Palcohol becomes legal, no doubt Arizona law enforcement officers will be trained regarding its formulations and effects, pertaining to DUI situations.
Knowledge of new products and new laws is part of my responsibility as an Arizona DUI attorney. The more we know, we better we can help those in need of legal advice. If you, or someone you know, has any questions relating to DUI laws, or are facing a drug or alcohol DUI situation, please contact Zachary Law Group. We offer a FREE 30-minute case evaluation, to get started on resolving your legal issues. We will identify, establish and assert your legal rights, and work toward the best possible outcome. So don’t waste time worrying. Pick up your phone and talk to an experienced attorney, at 1-855-Zach-law.