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The Dangers of Powdered Alcohol

May 5, 2014

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A local substance-abuse expert says that powdered alcohol, which might become available to consumers later this year, is a potentially dangerous product that parents should discuss with their teenagers.

The concern is that the powder, known as Palcohol, can be obtained illegally by young people and snorted or sprinkled on food or ice cream. While product developers claim these fears are unfounded, Bruce Goldman, LCSW, Director of Substance Abuse Services at Zucker Hillside Hospital, is urging parents to learn what they can and discuss the issue with their children.

“As in the case of all addictive substances, parents must remain open and available for discussion,” said Mr. Goldman. “Talk to your kids, try to understand what they’re going through; but at the same time, let them know that there are clear consequences to using this substance. In other words, it’s not OK.”

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