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Is Palcohol The New Way To Develop Alcohol Addiction?
Palcohol, the short commercial name for "powdered alcohol"
contained in packets can be easily prepared by just mixing water. This new
drink is now causing alarm among parents and authorities as it may be the new
way teenagers will begin alcohol
Others call Palcohol the new "Kool-Aid" of teens. It is available in various flavors, including lemon drop, mojito, margaritaand cosmopolitan. This instant booze is becoming popular among young people, and no doubt, it may trigger an increase of alcohol addiction cases in the country.
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Palcohol can also be mixed with food. For people struggling with alcohol addiction, they prefer snorting the powder for an immediate effect. One packet contains 50 percent alcohol by weight and 12 to 60 percent by volume.
The manufacturing company said that one packet is equivalent to one alcohol drink. Although it is not yet approved by the government for public use, many critics have already raised concerns about its danger in the widespread addiction to alcohol.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is about to approve Palcohol, but addiction specialist, health advocates and lawmakers rallied over its approval. The new application was rejected due to label information error. The second application is still pending. In 1970, the General Foods Corporation (Kraft subsidiary) initially tried to come up with a patent "alcohol-containing powder."
Palcohol & Addiction
Today, underage drinking is already a growing concern among parents. With the introduction of Palcohol, it is worried that it may be a new way that non-drinkers may be attracted to try drinking. Later on, binge drinking that could pose risks to addiction.
Binge drinking is most common in young adults aged 18-34 years. Scientists have found that teens who start drinking at the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop an alcohol addictioncompared to those who have not tried booze until they reach 21.
With its attractive flavor, the packaging and perhaps affordable price, Palcohol, is regarded as the new gateway substance to binge drinking and alcohol abuse. Health officials have expressed their concern on snorting the powder that easily triggers drunkenness.
The manufacturer has since explained that Palcohol is not for snorting. However, it is still worrisome because these days, addicts abuse substances in any method.
The Palcohol manufacturer released the following statement,
"We've added volume to the powder so it would take more than a half of a cup of
powder to get the equivalent of one drink up your nose. You would feel a lot of
pain for very little gain. Just use it the right way."