Tuesday, November 16, 2010

FDA Will Ban Alcoholic Energy Drinks "Four Loko"

Alcoholic energy drinks will be banned by the FDA according to New York Senator Charles Schumer. In a statement to the media, Schumer announced that the ban on Four Loko and similar drinks could happen very soon:

The Food and Drug Administration plans to announce that caffeine isn’t a safe addition to alcoholic beverages, ending a yearlong review of the products. The Federal Trade Commission will tell manufacturers that marketing these products is potentially illegal.

“This ruling should be the nail in the coffin of these dangerous and toxic drinks,” Parents should be able to rest a little easier knowing that soon their children won’t have access to this deadly brew.”
The momentum of state bans on the drinks has gotten the attention of the FDA. Washington, Michigan, Utah and Oklahoma banned the so called "energy drinks". One of the most popular drinks, Four Loko, contains about 12% alcohol (the equivalent of two beers) and about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.

Dr. Jeffrey Huttman, Chief Clinical Officer of Challenges Addiction and Relapse Prevention Treatment Center says:
“We are actually witnessing some of our young patients coming into treatment heavily impaired by Four Loko recently. They call it quick, cheap and efficient, but their state of mind is tremendously altered by it – beyond that of an alcoholic drink without caffeine.”

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