Ever since powdered alcohol hit the market, it’s been a controversial substance. Although the FDA has greenlighted the product, 24 states have banned Palcohol because they believe it poses a risk for underage drinkers, who could conceal, snort, and/or overdose on the substance.In addition, powdered alcohol could easily be added to someone’s drink without his or her consent. New York was the latest state to ban Palcohol earlier this month.
But controversy and risk will often make something more desirable. Recent data from the Independent Alcoholism Help Council revealed the top states with the most Google searches for powdered alcohol. Four of these states already have powdered alcohol bans in place (Washington, Indiana, Tennessee, and Oregon), while two of the states (Colorado and Michigan) have chosen to regulate the substance instead. The rest of the powdered alcohol-obsessed states either have proposed bans (Wisconsin, Arizona, and Pennsylvania) or have implemented a temporary ban (Minnesota).
“This dangerous product is a public health disaster waiting to happen,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement after the ban in New York. “I am proud to sign this legislation that will keep powdered alcohol off the shelves and out of the wrong hands.”