California Lawmakers Unanimously Vote to Ban Powdered Alcohol

Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Apr 26, 2016 in Auto Accidents

underage-drinking-and-drivingThe California Senate voted to ban Palcohol, a powered form of alcohol, as it may lead to a significant increase in underage drinking and auto accidents caused by impaired driving.

While not yet on the market, Palcohol was approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last spring. However, states are permitted to limit the distribution, sale and consumption of the product within their respective boundaries. Numerous states, including California, have taken action by beginning the legal process required to ban the product.

Palcohol can be mixed with any liquid to make an alcoholic cocktail. It comes in 80-calorie packets and includes popular alcoholic drink flavors, such as lemon drop, margarita, rum, vodka and cosmopolitan. Each packet contains roughly the same amount of alcohol as a standard shot.

Mark Phillips, the creator of Palcohol, denies allegations that his product is unsafe. He asserts his invention will be both convenient to use and beneficial to the environment, as the product will greatly decrease the amount of liquor cans and bottles being disposed of each year.

However, concerns regarding the product’s safety have caused over two-dozen states to propose a ban on it. The easy access teenagers may have to the product is troubling, as well as the potential for misusing the product, such as snorting it or adding it to beverages that already contain high levels of alcohol.  

Despite concerns, Palcohol sales are expected to begin this summer, prompting California to send its senate-approved bill to the state Assembly for further action. If passed, the bill would ban powdered alcohol sales throughout the state.

Drivers who abuse alcohol can cause serious harm to other motorists, as well as irreparable property damage. If you or a family member has been injured by an impaired driver, the skilled drunk driving accident attorneys at Arnold Law Firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  

Call (916) 777-7777 or fill out our FREE Case Review Form


Back to Top