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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ban On Alcohol Infused Energy Drinks

The has been a huge uproar regarding alcohol infused energy drinks after the incident that took place on a central Washington college campus that involved the drink Four Loko. Four Loko put nine young adults in to the hospital, some of which had blood alcohol levels of .33 which can be fatal; one of the students was diagnosed as having a heart attack. It can easily be seen that there is no place for a beverage that has been dubbed "blackout in a can", especially not on college campuses where binge drinking is a common past time activity. Inexperienced drinkers are generally unaware of the power that lies inside those colorful cans; they drink them like a normal beer and encounter much different results.

The Oklahoman reported Nov. 5th that a moratorium will be placed on deliveries of the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko and others like it into the state. There has not been a whole lot of research done on alcohol infused energy drinks like Four Loko which is a major factor in having the moratorium that the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (ABLE) is putting into effect Dec. 3. Drinks like Four Loko will be banned until the health risks associated with these drinks can be amply studied by a scientific panel appointed by the commission. "Package stores can sell it, and consumers, 21 and over, can consume Four Loko after Dec. 3, but there just won't be any new product allowed into the state. Once it's gone, it's gone,” said John Masich, ABLE’s general counsel.

Not surprisingly, Oklahoma is not the only state to combat the dangerous energy drinks that are sending students to the hospital. Earlier in the week in Michigan, the Liquor Control Commission banned alcoholic energy drinks. In Pennsylvania regulators asked beer distributors to voluntarily pull the products from their shelves and in New York officials are also mulling over the idea of asking state legislators to put a ban on the dangerous beverages. This is a good start and it will certainly help protect unsuspecting young adults of the dangers that come with alcohol infused energy drinks and binge drinking.


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