Adults have no love for the powdered alcohol product called Palcohol, according to a national poll by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. The federal government approved the controversial product, designed to mix with water for an instant alcoholic beverage, in March. However, since its approval, states including Louisiana, South Carolina, and Vermont have banned it, while other states including Michigan are actively seeking Palcohol bans.
The poll found that 60 percent of U.S. adults favor a complete ban on Palcohol in their states, while 84 percent support prohibiting online sales of the product. Additionally, 85 percent of respondents thought marketing of Palcohol should be restricted from social media networking sites. Overall, 90 percent of the respondents believed powdered alcohol was likely to be misused by people under the age of 21.
Michigan state Senator Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) is sponsoring a bill that would ban Palcohol. The bill passed the Senate in a 37-0 vote and is headed for a House regulatory reform committee hearing this week, according to The Detroit Free Press.
At the national level, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, a vocal opponent of the product, is still fighting the good fight to ban powdered alcohol. Schumer, like the majority of adults polled in the U-M study, believes that Palcohol could lead to a dangerous rise in alcohol abuse and underage drinking among kids. Meanwhile, the company is still forging ahead with plans to bring their packets of alcohol to shelves by summer.