The Newest Way to Catch a Buzz
As if we, as a society, didn’t have enough drugs to worry about; heroin cut with elephant tranquilizers, Fentanyl, “Pink,” Etc… Now, the newest item that may actually get approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is powdered alcohol. Alcohol, itself, already causes enough of a problem with drunk driving, teens dying from alcohol poisoning, and violence committed as a result of over-intoxication. Now we have alcohol coming in a new form, just ready to be abused by kids and adults alike and hey, it’s going to be totally legal and available at liquor stores and gas stations nationwide.
This new form of alcohol is being marketed as “Palcohol,” short for powdered alcohol. It’s going to be sold and marketed in small packets that make taking a drink on the go much easier than stuffing a six pack under your seat or filling water bottles with vodka. And it allows for a much more incognito way to consume alcohol, considering it’s a powder in small packets you could stick in your wallet. Just add water and go. Each packet comes in a different flavor, like “Margarita” or “Cosmopolitan.” So why go to the bar when you can have a bar in your pocket?
Mark Phillips, the creator of “Palcohol” said:
"What Palcohol offers, because it’s a powder, is portability and lightness. It is a great convenience for the person involved in activities where weight and bulk is a factor… like hiking, backpacking, etc. One package weighs about an ounce and is small enough to fit into any pocket.”
Seriously? That’s all we need. Drunk people hiking and falling off cliffs. On the other hand, what happens when kids get their hands on “Palcohol?” They won’t have to steal a bottle from mom or dad or stick a 1/5 of Jack Daniels in their closet, under all their clothes. Nope. Now they can stockpile small, convenient packets and stash them wherever. Inside books, in their wallets in between their money, in their pockets, and no one would be the wiser.
Now let’s get to the part I’m sure everyone is wondering about. What happens when some really intelligent soul decides to snort “Palcohol?”
“Oh, sweet, you got some coke?!”
“Nope, it’s a Mojito.”
I’m sure there’s going to be someone that’s going to try to snort this stuff. Actually, I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of people that are going to try to snort this stuff.
This is going to be an EPIC problem. Addicts, frat guys and businessmen alike are going to have a field day with this stuff. What’s being created is a new way to get wasted. And while families are going to be ripped apart by powdered alcohol addiction (because that’s inevitable) some greedy, “fat cats” at the corporation who created “Palcohol” are going to be sitting in a posh, top floor office with a view, counting their money and laughing about all the heartache, distress and addiction they’ve created.
This article isn’t meant to alarm anyone, but to inform the public of what’s currently on-deck to hit store shelves nationwide and may impact their families. We have 2 choices right now. We can either choose to not buy this stuff, educate our children on the dangers of alcohol and speak out against potent, new ways to get drunk or we can just ignore it and hope its ill effects don’t harm anyone we love. It’s up to us.
What our society needs is less drugs, not more convenient forms of one’s we already have. If we’re ever going to get a grip on the addiction epidemic in our world, we need to stop creating new drugs and new ways to get high or drunk. The news media is full of stories of people overdosing, dying in horrific car wrecks and domestic violence situations fueled by alcohol. If all this is so bad, why don’t we, as a society, as a species, do anything to stop this from happening? Rather, we’re making it easier to create more out-of-control situations. We can’t let some guy with a half-brained idea and some money create a product that will not only be approved by a government agency but that actually has the potential to destroy our society.