The NSW Council of Churches has expressed concern that powdered alcohol may soon be coming to Australian liquor stores following its recent approval for sale by a US federal alcohol regulatory agency.
Palcohol, a fine white powder, is easily transported in the pocket and can be mixed with water in the same way that powdered orange juice is used. It may also be sprinkled on food, the Council said in a media statement yesterday.
The Council said there is 'a danger associated with snorting the product which, according to the US company which is seeking to market the product, can 'get you drunk almost instantly'.
'If American trends are any indication it is only a matter of time before we see powdered alcohol in clubs and hotels, at private parties and on our streets.
'The NSW Council of Churches supports state regulation of alcoholic beverages in the interests of public health and harm minimisation, in particular a reduction in the incidence of family violence and road deaths in our community. The Council encourages all government agencies and industry players to work together to ensure the development of good policy and practice for the safety and well-being of consumers.'
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