July 2016 - Powdered Alcohol is Banned in Kentucky KRS 241.010; KRS 244.652 (effective 2016-07-15)

  • Powdered or crystal alcohol is illegal. Powdered alcohol is similar to "Kool-aid" or "Crystal Light" as it is a powder that can be mixed with water to produce an alcoholic beverage drink. Kentucky, like many other states, has now banned this product.

November 2015 - The National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) publishes a newly revised "Powdered Alcohol: An Encapsulation" with updated perspective on states responses to powdered alcohol including pending and enacted legislation.
November 2015 - The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Powdered Alcohol 2015 Legislation and map of states which have enacted legislation to ban powdered alcohol.
August 19, 2015 - According to Food Safety News, "Half the States Have Joined the 'Powdered Alcohol Prohibition,'" including most recently New York.  "The Montana Department of Revenue plans to hold a public hearing Sept. 21 [2015], on a rule to ban alcohol in powdered and crystalline forms," according to the article.
2015 National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence's (NCADD) Statement on Powdered Alcohol
May 2015 - Poll finds that 90% of Americans have concerns over powdered alcohol.  Watch the video with the University of Michigan Medical Director on Powdered Alcohol at www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7A0B8HQAjI.
  • Already banned in several states, a new poll suggests that support for powdered alcohol - which was legalized this year - is low among adults. A new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health cites concerns that the product may be misused by underage youth.  The results from the poll of U.S. adults are below:

  • 60% - were in favor of a total ban of powdered alcohol.

  • 84% - support prohibiting online sales.

  • 85% - agreed that advertising for powdered alcohol should not be allowed on social networking sites, where it might make the product more appealing for young people.

  • 81% - thought that it may be easy for people under 21 to purchase powdered alcohol.

  • 90% - stated concerns that powdered alcohol would be misused by people under the age of 21.

  • 85% - were also worried that powdered alcohol may increase alcohol use among under-21s.

May 1, 2015 - "The Powdered Alcohol Debate- The concern of lawmakers and what Palcohol's creater has to say" broadcast video aired on KIMT.com Iowa and Minnesota's News Station
March 23, 2015 - Huffington Post's article "Thanks, Palcohol -- As If Parenting Teens Wasn't Hard Enough"
March 11, 2015 - Time.com reads "The maker of Palcohol—alcohol in powder form, so basically Kool-Aid that will get you drunk —says that it has gotten federal approval and will go on sale to the public as soon as this summer."
December 11, 2014 - Steve Schmidt, National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) Sr. V.P., presents "State Alcohol Regulation Shifts" on the topic of Powdered Alcohol at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Fall Forum
December 4, 2014 - The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) updated Powdered Alcohol 2014 Legislation
May 7, 2014 - SmithsonianMag.com publishes "The Surprising History of Making Alcohol a Powdered Substance"
May 4, 2014 - Sen. Charles Schumer asked the Food and Drug Administration today to step in and prevent a powdered alcohol, "Palcohol," from going to market, saying it could potentially become "the Kool-Aid of teenage binge drinking." According to one article, "Schumer warned that Palcohol, which is a freeze-dried form of powdered vodka, rum, and various cocktails, could be easily concealed and mixed with water, sprinkled on food, or snorted by under-aged consumers."