Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission Warns of Powdered Alcohol

BOSTON — The Mass. Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission issued an advisory this week on powdered alcohol products.

“The sale of powdered alcohol is prohibited in Massachusetts, and for good reason,” said Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. “Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our residents, especially children.”

Powdered alcohol is a condensed form of alcohol. Because powdered alcohol is a new form of alcohol, there is a risk of inadvertent misuse by people unfamiliar with its potency. Also, given the flavors it currently comes in, there is potential for it to be appealing to teenagers. In addition, because of the size of the package, this product can be concealed more easily than liquid alcohol.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, every day in the U.S., three teens die from drinking and driving. Further, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says that 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, and 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.

On March 10, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a federal agency, approved the sale of four powdered alcohol products. However, Massachusetts General Law prohibits the importation, sale, and manufacturing of powdered alcohol.