Conducted in May by the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, a survey shows that Americans want powdered alcohol to be banned due to concerns of miss usage by youth under the legal drinking age.
In the context of several states considering legislation on powdered alcohol, the results of the named poll aimed to shed light on the public view concerning this issues, informed Matthew Davis, director of the National Poll on Children’s Health, in the Science Daily report.
Consequently, almost 90 percent of the adults taking part in the poll, confessed their fear that such a product will facilitate and contribute to a higher rate in underage drinking.
Although only one third of them had knowledge of the powdered alcohol, the majority of polled adults expressed themselves in favour of a total ban of the product and supported legislation that would restrict or forbid its sale and use.
More precisely, 60 percent of adults declared to be in favor of a total ban of powdered alcohol, 84 percent supported the prevention of selling the product and 85 percent of respondents expressed consent that promotion of powdered alcohol should not be permitted on social networking sites, since it might, thus, become more desirable and attractive to youth.
As confirmed by previous studies, American adults consider the use and abuse of alcohol as one of the capital ten causes that currently affect child health in the US.
Palcohol was the first product to receive approval from the The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in March, this year, and probably will become available on the market starting this summer.
Mark Phillips is the founder of powdered Palcohol, which is produced by a private company, named Lipsmack. It is simply a small package of powder, that mixed with water, becomes vodka, rum or other sort of mixed drink.
One such pakage of Palcohol is the actual alcoholic equivalent of a shot, meaning 10 percent alcohol by volume.
Regardless the fact that Palcohol falls under the same regulations as liquid alcohol, over 80 percent of polled Americans believe that it will prove much easier for youth under 21 to get hold of it.
The convenience of the product, being so light, more travel-friendly, will further facilitate the growing of the underage drinking problem.
According to a Science Daily report, there are states that have already banned powder alcohol and many others intend to develop legislation that will establish the conditions under which powdered alcohol should be used, sold and promoted.
The results of the study, presenting the public perspective upon all these aspects should enable legislators to take better decisions when determining the norms for this product.