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For many young people, college is the beginning of independence, which can be as stressful as it is liberating. The rigors of college life – classes, homework, jobs, pressure from parents and society, the nightmares of showing up late to class in only underwear (you will continue having these nightmares for the rest of your life) – can become overwhelming. To relieve that stress, many students turn to drugs and alcohol. For some, this form of stress relief and socialization is an integral part of the college experience, and it can come about at a time when students are not of the legal age to partake of these substances. Because drugs and alcohol might be new experiences, many students do not understand how they can be affected by substance use. This puts this age group at high risk when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Are There Special Considerations College Students Should Make Before Driving Drunk? When a college student receives a DUI, there are several factors to take into account that non-students might not have to worry about. Generally, police report DUIs to the college. If this happens and you are relying on scholarship money to pay your tuition, you might lose your funding. You may lose your campus housing if you live on the college premises. If the infraction is severe enough, you may even be expelled. The consequences don’t end there. If your future career is reliant on a degree or licensure, you may lose your ability to pursue it. Even if your career does not require specific credentials, having a DUI on your record can make it difficult to find a job. You may be automatically disqualified from certain positions, such as government jobs. There is nothing wrong with relieving stress – we all need to, from time to time. But you should always try to remain safe while doing so. DUI Matters – Denver Drunk Driving Lawyers Did You Know? Every year, 2,100,000 college students drive while intoxicated. Twenty-eight percent of all DUI accidents involve people aged 16-24.

College Students and DUI/DWI

The introduction of Palcohol, a novel powdered alcohol product, has stirred both excitement and concern in Colorado. Palcohol, recently approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, offers a unique blend of high alcohol content similar to liquor but with the added convenience of a powder form. It’s particularly appealing to outdoor enthusiasts who wish to enjoy a cocktail while backpacking without the burden of carrying bulky bottles of alcohol.

However, despite receiving federal approval, Colorado has taken a cautious approach regarding the sale of Palcohol. The state’s response to this innovative product has been marked by uncertainty and deliberation. The Colorado General Assembly initially attempted to ban Palcohol through House Bill 1031 preemptively, but the bill was later amended to focus on regulation rather than prohibition. Subsequently, the legislation faced an impasse in the House, where lawmakers questioned whether such regulations were necessary, leaving Palcohol in legal limbo.

One of the primary concerns surrounding Palcohol revolves around its potential dangers, particularly about underage drinking. Parents worry that the product’s packaging, which resembles a juice pouch, and its inconspicuous, powdery appearance could make it easier for teenagers to access and misuse alcohol.

Additionally, law enforcement agencies have expressed apprehension about the potential misuse of Palcohol. The powder form raises concerns about snorting, a method that could introduce the substance directly into the bloodstream, resulting in rapid intoxication. The implications are significant, especially when considering individuals who may subsequently get behind the wheel. Notably, snorting Palcohol leaves no detectable alcohol scent on the breath, and the impact on standard breathalyzer tests remains uncertain.

Colorado residents need to be aware that even if Palcohol were to be permitted for sale, operating a vehicle after consuming it can lead to DUI charges. Palcohol may have unique characteristics, but it is still alcohol, and its consumption impairs one’s ability to drive safely. In the event of a DUI arrest related to Palcohol or any other substance, seeking the assistance of an experienced DWI defense attorney is crucial. Such legal professionals can provide guidance, potentially reducing or dismissing penalties associated with the offense.


In conclusion, Palcohol’s arrival in Colorado has generated mixed reactions and regulatory uncertainty. While it offers convenience, it also raises concerns about underage drinking and potential misuse. Regardless of its legal status, individuals need to understand that driving under the influence of alcohol remains illegal and carries legal consequences. At Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, we specialize in handling alcohol and drug-related driving offenses in Colorado. Our dedicated legal team is committed to providing expert counsel and representation for individuals facing DUI charges or related issues. If you are in a legal predicament, do not

Do you have further questions or concerns? Call us or contact the attorneys at Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, and we will be happy to help.

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