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Schumer to retailers: don't sell powdered alcohol

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The creator of powdered alcohol, or "Palcohol," made an instructional video showing people how to make the new drink. Mark Phillips, an avid outdoors-man, wanted a lighter way to pack a few drinks, and came up with the six different packaged flavors like Cosmopolitan, Powderita, and Lemon Drop that are equivalent to one shot. It comes in a bag about 4 by 6 inches, just add water, and shake.

The new product has stirred up a lot of controversy. The FDA approved Palcohol, but Sen. Charles Schumer is trying to stop that. He said he is calling on local and national liquor retails to boycott the sale of Palcohol. Schumer said he worries underage drinkers could sneak the small packages into concerts and schools, even sprinkle the contents on food.

Dr. Harris Stratyner, an addiction psychologist, said he worries Palcohol could also be snorted and mixed with other dangerous products.

"Alcohol itself is a central nervous system depressant, mix that with cocaine, which is a stimulant, or a powdered form of Adderall you're going to see a lot of people having a lot of trouble," said Stratyner, a vice president at Caron Treatment Centers.

The creator of Palcohol plans to have the product on store shelves in September. He has vowed to market it responsibly.

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