Apr 22, 2014 8:11 PM by Matt Fernandez

Tucson residents have mixed reactions to powdered alcohol drink

TUCSON - Don't pour out the idea of powdered alcohol just yet, there's still a buzz over Palcohol. Just pour, stir, and you have an instant cocktail. Right now, the Feds are considering approving it for sale but there are issues over the labeling.

The parent company plans to re-submit labels to push it through.

Palcohol's website says the powder has 10-12% alcohol by volume.

The website says it's all about convenience, "A great convenience for the person on the go. One package weighs about an ounce and is small enough to fit into any pocket," said the website.

University of Arizona student Connor Perry likes the convenience idea. "Practical, you can carry it without carrying a liquid, as soon as you get a liquid you can add it, it seems like a good idea," said Perry.

While some people like the convenience factor, others are worried about the possible dangers Nick Ray is part of the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving. "One of the concerns is the potential for it to be abused. Unlike traditional alcohol it's not coming in beer bottle, vodka bottle, it's not going to been easily as recognizable, does that mean it's going to be more appealing to people who are under age," says Ray.

Another concern people have is this could be used at events where alcohol is not allowed.

"More ready able to smuggle it into Arizona Stadium then a bottle of vodka because it going to be a powder they can mix into water drink they are buying inside," says Ray. "It's definitely going to be a problem because it's easier to conceal," says a University of Arizona student.


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