The United States Food and Drug Administration declared that caffeinated alcohol products do not belong in stores for sale. The addition of caffeine and other stimulants is said to be an “unsafe food additive” (that’s an understatement) and all alcoholic products of this nature have been ordered to be taken off the market.
Why are Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks Dangerous
These types of alcoholic beverages come in a variety of brands and tastes, many in fruity flavors. All drinks of this kind are carbonated, tasting almost like a fizzy soda and don’t seem as harmful as they really are. Some of the more well-known brands include Joose, Moonshot, and Four Loko. All of them promptly nicknamed by some as “blackout in a can” and “liquid cocaine.”
What makes the drinks truly dangerous is that they are marketed towards young adults, mainly college students. They are commonly found among campuses and have been the cause of many alcohol abuse related incidents, even various deaths. Several colleges have taken steps to try and ban the drinks from school grounds.
They come prepackaged with tons of stimulants and when combined with alcohol – a depressant – it creates a devastating combo, more so than creating a similar drink from scratch. “It’s one thing if you make it on your own, it’s another thing when it’s packaged in this formulation,” says Dr.Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA.
A beer is only about five percent alcohol. These caffeinated, alcoholic drinks have been measured at around 15 percent alcohol … yikes. Essentially having one can is the equivalent of ingesting several beers and then downing the taste with coffee.
Thoughts and Aftermath
Regardless of whether or not these things can be bought pre-canned, alcoholic caffeinated beverage consumption isn’t going to stop overnight. Alcohol and caffeine have been a loved party combo for years, ever since the energy drinks came along.
Such caffeinated cocktail combos are extremely popular and in some parts of the world, have actually sparked up enough controversy to get government regulation involved. Jagerbombs specifically, are banned in Australia from being served at all pubs and nightclubs due to the risk involved.
These kinds of drinks have existed way before people could conveniently purchase them off shelves and freezers. Making these things aren’t exactly rocket science and as long as people have access to both alcohol and energy drinks, they will remain popular.
However, the main issue the FDA is addressing is the banning of these brand name beverages being sold in stores. In that regard, the Food and Drug Administration has certainly taken a huge step forward. While the a number of brands have already been banned from being sold in the United States, it’ll be awhile until we stop seeing them altogether in liquor stores.