Palcohol is alcohol that comes in a powdered form, to be mixed with liquid before consumption. It is manufactured in several flavors, and is designed to have the same alcohol content as a standard mixed drink when made according to the instructions (1 oz. of powder with 5 oz. of non-alcoholic liquid). It was approved for sale in April 2014, but the FDA quickly revoked this approval. Several states have moved to ban its sale, even before it becomes available, because of fears of misuse.
Because Palcohol is alcohol in a different form, it has the same effects on the body as regular liquid alcohol. Consumption can lead to intoxication, which can impair function and judgment. Concerns about the additional risks of powdered alcohol focus around the possibility of snorting it, the possibility of misuse by minors, and its possible misuse by adding it into an alcoholic or nonalcoholic drink without telling the drinker. Snorting Palcohol could lead to rapid intoxication and isn't recommended by the manufacturer. It is subject to the same regulations as traditional liquid alcohol.
Both Palcohol and liquid alcohol are absorbed into the bloodstream and processed by the liver. At low levels, alcohol can induce a feeling of euphoria and reduced anxiety. It may reduce reaction time, impair judgment, and decrease fine motor control. At higher levels, memory, gross motor skills, vision, and other senses can be affected. Alcohol can have an initial sedative effect, but typically has an overall negative effect on sleep patterns. In extremely high levels, alcohol poisoning can occur and be fatal. The level of alcohol in the blood stream depends on several factors, including amount consumed, body weight, and how quickly the liver can metabolize it.
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