Powdered Alcohol: An Ingenious Idea or a Disaster?

This week there have been numerous Facebook posts about powdered alcohol, Palcohol, coming to England.  Some people are excited about this news, some people are apprehensive and others are…let’s just say, less than impressed.

Personally, I would love powdered alcohol, as would probably every other young professional who is sick of spending their monthly wage on one round of drinks, realistically though, it’s a terribly bad idea.

But we don’t have to worry about the negative repercussions that Palcohol will have on society, as the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau reversed its original approval to allow it in to the UK. But is it too little too late?

Even if the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau stand by the decision to ban the substance from the UK is this really the last we will hear/see of it? Probably not. The substance is already being sold in some European countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands, so now that the seed has been planted will the UK public want in, regardless of whether it is legalised or not? We will have to wait and see.

It is undeniable that if this is the case bars and clubs are going to begin seeing considerable losses and this isn’t the only concern:

  • People will be able to sneak the substance in to events and establishments where alcohol is banned
  • Teenagers will be able to get drunk in the park without worrying about their alcohol being taken from them by the police
  • People will start sniffing the substance and may in turn, develop a permanently blocked nose

Ok, so there are probably much more serious concerns than the ones mentioned above but I’m sure you can find various news reports on Google stating these. It is definitely worth checking out the Palcohol official website, where you can find out more useful information about it, such as the fact you would have to sniff half a cup to even get tipsy… which sounds to me like a bit of a challenge. Just kidding. The Americans seem to be more concerned about this than we do at the moment, so chances are the hype of the substance may die down before it even has chance to take off, one thing is for sure though, it won’t be the last we hear about it… *walks off slowly to the laboratory*.

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