Sen. Charles Schumer Calls for a Ban on Powdered Alcohol

Sen. Charles Schumer asked the Food and Drug Administration today to step in and prevent a powdered alcohol, "Palcohol," from going to market, saying it could potentially become "the Kool-Aid of teenage binge drinking." A sad day for teens, indeed.

Schumer warned that Palcohol, which is a freeze-dried form of powdered vodka, rum, and various cocktails, could be easily concealed and mixed with water, sprinkled on food, or snorted by under-aged consumers. Schumer told reporters:

"I'm calling on the food and drug administration, the FDA, to immediately step in, investigate Palcohol based on its obvious health risks, and prohibit this ludicrous product from going to market.

Palcohol is nearly guaranteed to promote unsafe drinking among teenagers and young adults, among others."

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved Palcohol last month but have since said that the approval was a mistake and have taken it back.

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