Government Issues Advisory on Palcohol

Government Issues Advisory on Palcohol

The Alcohol Beverages Control Commission has issued an advisory two days after Palcohol, a powered alcohol received approval.

Palcohol on Thursday received approval from a federal regulatory agency, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

As per the agency, Palcohol is a condensed form of alcohol that is intended to be mixed with water into drinks.

State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, whose office oversees the commission said, "The sale of powdered alcohol is prohibited in Massachusetts, and for good reason. Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our residents, especially children".

As per the advisory issued the alcohol fails to meet the definition of an alcoholic beverage under state law, which make it illegal to sell, import or manufacture in the state.

Critics said the product would be easier for people to conceal and take it into public events and could be used to spike drinks.

Powered alcohol could be appealing to teenagers, and there are higher possibilities for it to be accidently misused by people who were unaware of its potency, Goldberg said.

Palcohol founder Mark Phillips says he came up with the idea because he wanted a way to enjoy alcoholic drinks after hiking or other activities without having to lug around heavy bottles.