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Could Powdered Alcohol Increase Drunk Driving Accidents?

There are a lot of reasons why a car accident may occur in New York. In some cases, the car accident is caused by pure human carelessness that might be considered less predictable. Collisions involving a drunk driver are considered entirely preventable by a simple voluntary decision to call a taxi or designate a sober driver.

Will a new invention cause the number of drunk driving accidents to increase? The invention we’re referring to is powdered alcohol. Kool Aid, Crystal Light and other brands already offer for sale individual packets of sugar that can be added to water and carried around in our pocket. Instead of sugar, the new product called Palcohol contains a powdered version of an alcoholic drink.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has already approved the powdered product for sale. Consumers have seven different drink options, including the ever-popular cosmopolitan and a drink aptly named the “powderita.”

The product is being marketed under several different guises. The company notes that the product can help save money overall if consumers choose to sneak it into sporting events or concert venues where alcohol is significantly marked up. It doesn’t just save money, but the product is a lot easier to transport and hide than a can of beer or a flask of alcohol.

Will these features make it easier for minors to drink? What about the alcohol content of these drinks? Could an individual consume the alcohol in a manner other than by drinking it? Remember the Vaportini that could be inhaled? How could a different method of consumption affect impairment?

Those that are harmed in an accident caused by a drunk driver in New York have the right to seek compensation — regardless of what type of alcohol may have been consumed.

Source: Business Insider, “Powdered Alcohol Has Arrived,” Lulu Chang, April 19, 2014