RI Lawmakers Move To Ban Not-Yet-Legal Powdered Alcohol

Mar 2, 2015

Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a ban on so-called powdered alcohol. Yes, that’s a thing, and no, it isn’t legal yet in the United States.

A senate committee is scheduled to consider a couple of bills that would ban a substance known as powdered alcohol – a product that isn’t available yet in this country. It’s alcohol in powder form, to which you add water and mix.

The makers of a brand called “Palcohol” received initial approval from the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in 2014 to market their packets of flavored, powdered alcohol (see copy of application, courtesy BevLog). But the approval was quickly rescinded and called an “error.”

Still, several other states are at work on legislation to ban the product before it hits the shelves, including Iowa and Ohio. Critics of powdered alcohol are concerned about the safety of the product and the potential for abuse. On their web site, the makers of Palcohol say "there is not one shred of evidence that it will be used or abused any differently than liquid alcohol."