Will Alcoholic Energy Drinks Be Banned?
The Food and Drug Administration, acting on letters from 19 state attorneys general, have threatened to ban drinks that combine alcohol and caffeine.
These beverages, which are commonly marketed to college students using social networking sites, have been linked with increased risks of injury, drunken driving and sexual assault. According a New York Times report on the FDA's announcement, "Caffeine may lead people to underestimate how drunk they are, giving drinkers a false sense of confidence that they can perform tasks they are too impaired to undertake."
The FDA has demanded that marketers prove that their drinks are safe or else face efforts to remove them from store shelves.