All the talk of powdered alcohol (or Palcohol) seems to be an indication it may eventually be the most popular invention of the decade with likely sales in the millions. Perhaps it’s one reason why The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau put a delay on approving the safety of powdered alcohol recently. In fact, it could even lead to further delays if the government ever wanted to look into what the ingredients are.
For many people, that might be unnecessary delaying and politicking, giving some slight reminiscences of prohibition from well over 80 years ago. But you have to wonder what people in that era would have thought of having powdered alcohol around. In the age of smugglers during the prohibition era, having alcohol in powdered form would have meant many more people being able to drink clandestinely without having to hide bottles under their overcoats.
While there may legitimate concerns today about how alcohol could get passed around with minors in powdered form, what are the real advantages of having it on hand? As well as being a space saver and no longer having to worry about recycling bottles, it could come in handy during our worst nightmares when natural disasters strike.
Will Powdered Alcohol Go into Emergency Kits with Powdered Milk?
With the continual warnings about putting together emergency kits for earthquakes and other calamities, you have to wonder exactly what people will actually have in theirs. Despite many still neglecting to put together emergency kits, will the advent of powdered alcohol persuade more people to finally put together a more inspired collection of emergency products? It’s possible the lack of motivation in putting together emergency kits is because the prospect of eating canned foods and powdered milk isn’t the stuff that inspires wanting to survive normally.
Once powdered alcohol goes mainstream, it seems inevitable that it’s going to end up in emergency kits so people can still drink during times of natural or man-made chaos. And the implications of that are much more interesting than you may think when you think ahead to the possible mindset of our population during a tumultuous time.
Would Powdered Alcohol Keep People Calm?
Unless you’ve stored a year’s supply of whisky, vodka, or beer in your basement, the chances of acquiring alcohol after a horrific natural disaster are going to be slim. Other than basic food, a lot of looters are going to be out looking for something like alcohol. Having powdered alcohol available in their emergency kits can enable them to sit and drink themselves into a stupor if they so wish. When you’re stuck in a house with no electricity and nothing to do until rescue teams get to you, it’s easy to envision many people just getting drunk to calm their nerves. You can also easily hide the powdered alcohol in the event a looter comes to your house looking for bottles of booze in your wine cellar.
At the same time, those who can’t handle alcohol well could end up creating chaos if they go out and interact with the suffering populace. Regardless, at least they’d be physically impaired and wouldn’t be able to do much violence other than make some racket in their respective quiet neighborhoods.
The only question now is when powdered alcohol will really be available as of the writing of this article. Let’s hope we never have to go through the irony of America having a major disaster a mere few weeks before the government officially approved powdered alcohol to go to market.
It’s why you should eventually consider placing Palcohol into your own emergency kit as your assurance to getting through a disaster in a way you perhaps never thought would be possible.