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In Reply Mr Phillips, the creator of Palcohol, makes numerous claims about powdered alcohol, including that powdered alcohol is “safer than liquid alcohol” and that bans “would do more harm than good.” However, he provides little theory or evidence to substantiate his claims.
Some of Phillips’ assertions appear to rest on the assumption that powdered alcohol is only 10% alcohol by volume when used as suggested on the packaging. One only needs to access the web to learn how to make powdered alcohol with much higher potency.1 If not regulated, innovators and entrepreneurs will likely introduce more potent products into the market.
Naimi TS, Mosher JF. Regulation of Powdered Alcohol—Reply. JAMA. 2015;314(21):2307-2308. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.13097