Statement from Steve Pasierb on Senator Schumer Palcohol Ban

Powdered alcoholThe Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a national nonprofit dedicated to reducing substance abuse among adolescents, commends U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York for introducing a measure to ban the production, sale and possession of powdered alcohol.

This month, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved labels for powered alcohol, called “Palcohol.” Senator Schumer has described this as the “Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking.”

There are public safety and public health risks associated with powdered alcohol, particularly for teens. It provides an avenue for abuse as it’s easy to hide and transport, making it harder for parents to detect. There are also concerns that this product could be snorted or mixed with other drugs.  Furthermore, the company that makes Palcohol plans to sell fruity flavors such as “cosmopolitan” and “margarita,” appealing to young drinkers.

We hope that there will be a careful review of these products that takes into consideration the harmful effects and the potential for increasing underage drinking.

It’s important for parents to remember that any and all substances, including powdered alcohol, are damaging to the still-developing teen brain.