Connecticut bans powdered alcohol

In three months, purchasing, possessing or selling powdered alcohol in the state of Connecticut will become illegal, thanks to Public Act No. 15-24.
The first section of An Act Concerning Alcoholic Liquor defines powdered alcohol as “molecularly encapsulated alcohol in powdered form that may be used in such form or reconstituted as an alcoholic beverage when mixed with water or other liquid.”
Under Connecticut’s new law, which goes into effect Oct. 1:

  • Any person who “knowingly purchases or possess powdered alcohol” will be fined $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second and $500 for subsequent offense.

  • Anyone who “knowingly sells powdered alcohol” will be fined $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.


In March of this year, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved labels for a powdered alcohol product called Palcohol , which will be sold in one-ounce pouches.
When mixed with six ounces of water, Palcohol’s website says, its product will create a beverage “equal to a standard mixed drink.”
Although Palcohol products are not yet on the market, the company’s website says it “will be working on getting the production facility up and running” since receiving the TTB’s approval.

Other states

Connecticut won’t be the only state banning powdered alcohol products like Palcohol.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) , the following states had “statutorily prohibited the sale of powdered alcohol” as of June:

  • Alabama.

  • Alaska.

  • Connecticut

  • Indiana.

  • Georgia.

  • Kansas.

  • Louisiana.

  • Maine.

  • Nebraska.

  • Nevada.

  • North Carolina.

  • North Dakota.

  • Ohio.

  • Oregon.

  • South Carolina.

  • Tennessee.

  • Utah.

  • Vermont.

  • Washington.

  • West Virginia.

Some states took different approaches, according to the NCSL. Maryland and Minnesota, for example, have temporary one-year statutory bans, while Delaware, Michigan and New Mexico have included the product in their statutory definitions of alcohol.
Click here to read Public Act No. 15-24.