Why is powdered alcohol controversial?

Powdered alcohol is controversial for many reasons.
  • It is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration because the organization does not regulate alcohol. 
  • It can vary in how strong it is, depending on how it may be mixed.
  • There are concerns about its ability to be concealed and carried. 
  • Some worry that people might try to snort it or spike beverages with it.
Powdered alcohol is currently banned in most states.
Powdered alcohol is controversial because the product looks appealing to children, so it can be tempting for teens and kids to want to experiment with it. In this video, preventative & women's health specialist Yael Varnado, MD, explains this issue. 

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