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Sen. Blumenthal Wants To Ban Sale Of Powdered Alcohol

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) -- Powdered alcohol is a tragedy waiting to happen, warns Sen. Richard Blumenthal who is outraged that a federal agency has approved the controversial new product for sale in liquor stores.

Palcohol is a powdered alcohol that when mixed with water or another liquid creates an alcohol beverage. Four varieties won government approval: rum, vodka, cosmopolitan and "powderita," which is like a margarita.

Sen. Blumenthal Wants To Ban Sale Of Powdered Alcohol

The product could hit store shelves in Connecticut this summer.

While underage children can't buy Palcohol, Blumenthal believes they can find ways to get their hands on it, which could lead to dangerous consequences.

"The problem is that it can be easily used by kids to spike their drinks, to snort it, to sneak it into sporting events or other kinds of school activities," said Blumenthal, who is working with Sen. Charles Schumer to stop the sale of powdered alcohol.

Schumer has previously said that the product would become "the Kool-Aid of teen binge drinking."

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