Snorting Alcohol?

Powdered alcohol, Palcohol, recently been developed in the United States by the company Lipsmark. There are currently rum and vodka single shot sachets, as well as four cocktail flavours: Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Margarita and Lemon Drop.

It's simple - just add water or your favourite mixer and stir to dissolve. Or you can eat it. As suggested on the product website, “Sprinkle Palcohol on almost any dish and give it an extra kick”. Start your day with “Vodka on eggs in the morning”.

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These alcohol powder sachets would prove a convenient and space-saving option for travellers. Plus, sneaking alcohol into music festivals would become foolproof. As the product label suggests, “Take your Pal wherever you go!” But there are risks. Individual sachets are only one standard drink (if the product is used correctly). If Palcohol were to be snorted, it would instantaneously diffuse into the bloodstream. Getting intoxicated has never been easier.

Liquid alcohol is made into powder using a sugar derivative called cyclodextrin, which can absorb 60% of its molecular weight in ethanol. The liquid is encapsulated by the sugar. If this product does make the shelves, I doubt it will make a bad drinking culture worse. People will get drunk regardless.