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New form of alcohol causes concerns

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Palcohol is a powdered form of alcohol that is mixed into water. Palcohol is a powdered form of alcohol that is mixed into water.
"Our main concern is misuse of this product," Ashley Bodifor, and advisor for the area's Drug Abuse Council "Our main concern is misuse of this product," Ashley Bodifor, and advisor for the area's Drug Abuse Council

By: Cara Stokes

Only 24 hours after the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau okayed the sale of Palcohol, a powdered form of alcohol, the agency has pulled it's approval. They said there was an issue with the labeling of the package.

Palcohol is a powdered form of alcohol that has to be mixed with at least five ounces of liquid. It's packaging could be compared to something as harmless as powdered vitamin C and can easily be concealed.

Kacy Smith owns Bird Dog Bar in Five Points. He says he would try the product but it seems to be drawing more attention from another age group.

"Its more aimed at underage kids. Its going to be easily concealable to hide from the parents or anyone else you don't want to see," Smith said.

USC student Liz Marin worries her football experience would be in jeopardy if the product were to hit the shelves.

"Trying to sneak it into the football game is just gonna cause like a big mess. It wouldn't be fair for others if people started breaking rules because of this powder alcohol thing," said Marin.

 But concealment is not the biggest concern at the area's Drug Abuse Council.

"One of our main concerns is the miss use of the product. Um it does need to be mixed with a liquid. So its not recommended to snort it or just eat it out of the package without having the liquid component to it. I think that's what catches peoples attention first," said Ashley Bodifor, an advisor at the Drug Abuse Council.

The creator of Palcohol has posted a list of things to know about his product and ways it should not be used. He tells consumers not to eat or snort the powder.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau pulled its approval, not of the product itself but because of how it was labeled. The federal agency
says that Lipsmark had a discrepancy on exactly how much powdered alcohol was in each packet and how much water it should be mixed with.

If the product is ultimately approved at the federal level, it will still be subject to state regulations and will only be available to people over the age of 21.

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