Police, doctors urge quick ban on powdered alcohol

Associated Press

Lansing — Michigan may join at least six other states and ban a powder product that makes vodka, rum and cocktail drinks when mixed with water.

Police chiefs, physicians and liquor lobbyists are working with lawmakers in an effort to prohibit powdered alcohol in the state. They will hold a news conference in the Capitol Tuesday calling on the Legislature to act on bipartisan bills without delay.

Supporters say they're worried people may inadvertently make overly potent drinks with water or instead mix the product with alcoholic beverages to create a "super-alcoholic" drink.

The product won federal approval in March, and states have been moving quickly to prohibit it. The creator has said he believes the resistance to Palcohol is being driven partly by the liquor industry's worry about competition.