Powdered alcohol was approved for sale in the U.S. in March of 2015. A packet of powdered alcohol is designed to be added to six ounces of water to make a single serving of an alcoholic drink. While those in favor of powdered alcohol say it is space-saving, convenient, and safe, others worry that powdered alcohol may be dangerously misused by children and youth.
This week, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article warning about the potential dangers of powdered alcohol – including that powdered alcohol can be easily concealed and may increase binge drinking or youth drinking – and calling for federal and state governments to properly regulate this new product.
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked adults across the U.S. what they think about powdered alcohol and how they think it should be regulated. Only 33% of adults had heard about powdered alcohol, so pro and con statements were provided. 60% said powdered alcohol should be banned completely in their state; 84% said online sales of powdered alcohol should be prohibited; 85% said the marketing of powdered alcohol should be restricted on social networking sites.
Adults also expressed concerns about how powdered alcohol might affect youth under age 21 years:
- 90% of adults are concerned that powdered alcohol will be misused by people under 21.
- 85% are concerned that powdered alcohol will increase use of alcohol for people under 21.
- 81% are concerned that it will be easy for people under 21 to buy powdered alcohol.
Read the full report: Too convenient? Majority of adults support bans on powdered alcohol.
Learn more about the results of this NPCH Report in this short video with NPCH Director and pediatrician Dr. Matt Davis: