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Maryland General Assembly
Health concerns spur ban on powdered alcohol
Health concerns spur ban on powdered alcohol

Public health officials, Annapolis lawmakers, and the beverage and beer industry have joined to ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it even hit the market in Maryland. The pre-emptive effort comes as concerns grow about the potential health dangers of the product, which contains 55 percent alcohol and when mixed with water creates a potent concoction. Public health officials believe young people are particularly vulnerable to abusing the product, known as Palcohol. "We know that there is a certain set of young people who will try the latest beverage and get in a lot of trouble," said David H. Jernigan, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...