Is powdered alcohol dangerous? An expert tried it, and his results are surprising.

Is powdered alcohol dangerous? An expert tried it, and his results are surprising.
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One tech writer bravely drank, ate, and snorted homemade powdered alcohol in order to dispel some common fears.

You made have heard about Palcohol, the powdered alcohol product coming soon to a frat party near you. Since being approved by the FDA a year ago, the idea of dry, discreet alcohol in easily-smuggled packets has struck fear into the hearts of parents and legislators across the country. Various states have already banned it, and it doesn't even go on sale until this summer.

The fears about powdered alcohol are simple: that it will lead to increased binge-drinking, that it will be used to spike drinks, and that it will be snorted. Palcohol's inventors actually advertised snortability as a selling point on their original website before they wisely decided to tone it down.

To address these fears, tech writer Brent Rose and a team from Wired Magazine teamed up to test powdered alcohol on their own. They had to make their own, using a formula suggested by Popular Science. Then Rose tested it on himself. The results, as you can see, are gross.

Is powdered alcohol dangerous? An expert tried it, and his results are surprising.

Dude, you've got something on your nose. (via Wired)

First of all, it's a very inefficient way to get drunk. Like many people, I had foolishly assumed that powdered alcohol would be more concentrated than the liquid form, which makes no sense. In reality, it takes a lot of powdered alcohol to get even a little drunk. Granted, the powder they came up with was not as strong as what Palcohol advertises. They were able to get a drink's worth of booze into 50.5 grams of powder, instead of Palcohol's 29 grams. But still, that's a lot.

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Rose demonstrates how difficult it is to mix into a drink, and how disgusting the finished product is. He instantly dispels the myth that it could be used to easily spike a drink or that it could be used to have fun in any way. Then he moves onto the big one: snorting. This is where it gets sad. You don't think about how much powder 50 grams is until you're looking at it laid out on a mirror.

Is powdered alcohol dangerous? An expert tried it, and his results are surprising.

Who's up for a party? A really sad party. (via Wired)

Can you imagine snorting all of that and still not even getting buzzed? Not to mention that snorting alcohol causes searing pain. I'll stick to good old-fashioned cocaine, thank you.

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After watching this video, it really doesn't seem necessary to ban powdered alcohol. It's hard to imagine anyone buying it more than once, but any idiots who do aren't going to put themselves in danger with it. They'll have to find another way to consume alcohol irresponsibly. I think they'll manage.

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