It won’t be long before your next trip to the liquor store involves deciding whether to buy liquid or powderedalcohol. Yes, powdered alcohol. There is such a thing.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved several flavors of “Palcohol” this week, which is a powdered version of alcohol that you can add to a mixer or water to start working on that much-needed buzz. Palcohol is expected to be available to purchase sometime in the fall.
Palcohol was created by Mark Phillips. According to the Palcohol website, it took Phillips years of working with scientists to create his powdered alcohol. There will be vodka and rum Palcohol that you can add to a mixer, plus four flavors that only require water to get the party started: Cosmopolitan, Mojito, Powderita (margarita), and Lemon Drop.
Palcohol will come in small packets that are equivalent to one shot of alcohol each. If you’re wondering why, exactly, there is a need for powdered alcohol, the answer is simple: convenience. From the website:
Why? Sometimes liquid isn’t convenient. Because Palcohol is powder and very light, you can take it just about anywhere to enjoy a cocktail! That’s why we say: “Take your Pal wherever you go.”
According to Telegraph, the Palcohol website also promoted using the powder when going out to avoid paying for expensive cocktails (this information was removed after news of Palcohol being approved made headlines):
What’s worse than going to a concert, sporting event, etc. and having to pay $10, $15, $20 for a mixed drink with tax and tip. Are you kidding me?! Take Palcohol into the venue and enjoy a mixed drink for a fraction of the cost.
While the Palcohol website suggests mixing the substance with water and mixers and says that it is okay to mix it with food, it does advise against snorting the substance. “Don’t do it!” the website warns. “It is not a responsible or smart way to use the product.” Despite the convenience of Palcohol, it’s easy to see why there is cause for concern regarding the potential dangers of the product.
OMG. Powered alcohol---really?
How do we keep this out of sporting events, airplanes, restaurants and liquor-licensed establishments (where alcohol from elsewhere can jeopardize their license), the workplace and (gulp) schools? You can sprinkle it in your food, but don’t snort it?????? Why, what happens when you snort it? I have no idea, but I can guaranty we are going to find out.
Alcohol is not already a big enough problem, now we have to develop alternative ways to get it and ingest it?
I understand those that don’t want to pay $9 for a beer at the baseball game, but I am sure that I am not alone in thinking that this is a REALLY BAD IDEA.
“Ambulance Chaser". We have all heard this term. It generally applies to a Plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer, wh in order to get new clients “chases an ambulance” following an accident. Kind of like this:
Cute, right? Everyone laughs and turn their noses up at the same time. However…..
Did you know that lawyers have been prohibited from “chasing ambulances” (aka directly soliciting clients) for 50+ years?
Did you know in Arizona, it is a criminal offence for anyone to attempt to solicit a victim at an accident scene?
(Kind of puts that the “ambulance chaser” theory to rest real fast, huh?)
Okay, but honestly—does it happen? Answer: Probably
Question: Do I know anyone who does it? Answer: No
I know a lot of attorneys, on both sides of the isle, involved in the personal injury profession. I know these people to be decent, honest hardworking professionals. I promise you this: No one I know would risk their license and livelihood to seek out a client directly like this.
However, as in all businesses, there are bad apples. The bad apples spoil the bunch, and they clearly have where present. There are bad apple doctors. There are bad apple salespeople. There are bad apple insurance agents. There are bad apple mechanics. And, yes, there are bad apple attorneys.
But how many of these other jobs and professions wait for payment until after the results are obtained? How many of these other jobs or professions make their payment contingent on the result? Can you imagine not having to pay your doctor if his/her treatment doesn’t work? Experienced injury lawyers understand the people we are trying to help. We ask for no money up front.
We agree to do all the work necessary on the hope that we will get paid in the end. If we achieve the desired results, we get paid. If we don’t, we don’t get paid. Our time and any money that we have spent along the way become lost if we don’t achieve the results that we need to for our clients. Let me ask: What could be more fair than that??
We work for our clients. We fight to make things safer for everyone. We work at and with the legislature to keep the laws in the state fair. Products are made safe in the United States because of our legal system, and the “promise” that if you make a dangerous product and someone gets hurt, you will be made to pay for the harm. Self-serving? Some would say that.
But without the “promise” of personal and financial responsibility, honestly, where would we be as a civilized society? With the courts and the means to enforce our safety laws, where would we be? Do you really think that products would be anywhere near as safe if we could not hold the manufacturers responsible for harm caused by a dangerous product? Would people drive anywhere near as safe if they could never be liable for an accident?
No one likes lawyers--until they need one. Then, we are all sure glad that they exist, to enforce the laws, to fight for our rights and our protection. The last bastion of a truly free democracy? Perhaps. But we will hopefully never know, for if the United States ever gets to that point, we will all be crying for these days of law, order and justice.