The label of a Palcohol powdered alcohol product. Arizona-based Lipsmark LLC, the company approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to sell the drink, called Palcohol, argues that its product is safer than liquid alcohol. NEW YORK New York on Friday became the most populous U.S. state to ban the sale of powdered alcohol, a controversial just-add-water beverage that opponents say will lead to a rise in underage drinking and abuses.
- As of June, 22 states, including Alaska and Connecticut, have banned powdered alcohol, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
- Palcohol founder Mark Phillips says regular liquid alcohol is more easily used to spike drinks and to binge drink with.
- Supporters of the ban say Palcohol, which is sold in bags, is easier to conceal and carry around than the liquid beverage.