Why powdered alcohol is a very bad idea

Back in April a form of powdered alcohol was briefly approved for sale in the US—and many claims and counter claims ensued about convenience versus risks. But as this video explains, powdered alcohol is a stupid idea, offering no advantages over strong spirits based on volume, weight or ability to be concealed.

Because is not really powdered alcohol but alcohol on a powdery support, it contains a lot of extra weight and so is only about as alcoholic as vodka by the ounce. But as it is in a powdery form it is very fluffy, adding a lot of volume. You would have to snort a wine glass full of it to get as intoxicated as you would on one glass of wine—definitely not fun.

In fact, a plastic water bottle filled with clear strong spirits is a much more efficient way of transporting alcohol, if weight, volume and concealing your booze are really your main concerns.


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Sleestak Chopra

Really clever guy and I give him a lot of credit, but Thunderfoot misses the point. This was never really about efficiency of alcohol storage or shipping. It was about novelty and fun. People like to be intoxicated and want unusual, fun ways to get there. They'll want to try it even if they have to snort a pound of it or drink a gallon of water.