Alcoholic Energy Drinks Banned In Washington State – On Wednesday, the Washington state Liquor Control Board banned the sale of alcoholic energy drinks after a group of university students were sickened from consuming a drink nicknamed “blackout in a can.”
The ban will take effect on 18 November. It followed the October hospitalization of nine underage Central Washington University students who said they got sick after drinking “Four Loko”, a caffeinated malt liquor. Other students also mixed the canned drinks with other alcohol, such as vodka.
Rob McKenna, Washington state Attorney General, has called for federal food regulators to ban the beverages. He said, they have such high levels of stimulants that people have no idea how drunk they really are.
However, Four Loko’s manufacturer, Phusion Projects of Chicago, Illinois, claimed the drink is just as safe as any other alcoholic beverage, when used responsibly. The company said it was extremely disappointed by the ban. It was based on misguided information and does not address the issue at hand.
In a written statement released by Phusion, it says: “If the true concern was to preserve the public health, safety and general welfare, this ban would also address caffeinated liquor products, which contain three to four times as much alcohol as our products. Instead, under this ban, these products will remain legal and accessible to the same subset of the population that chose not to consume our products responsibly, sold in stores where existing alcohol laws can continue to be ignored, and abused alongside the same types of alcohols and other illicit substances that contributed to the incident at Central Washington University earlier this year.”
James Gaudino, a university president, was convinced by the findings to ban alcoholic energy drinks from his campus.
According to the chairman of the school’s physical education department said that the drinks are a binge-drinkers dream because the caffeine and other stimulants allow a drinker to ingest larger volumes of alcohol without passing out.
Last month, Professor Ken Briggs explained that the body’s defenses, such as being able to feel the effects of tiredness, loss of coordination and even passing out or vomiting, against consuming doses of alcohol can kill you. Regardless, once the blood alcohol levels reach a certain level you can drop like a box of rocks.