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October 17, 2011

Ban ‘blackout in a can’

I’m indignant. I recently found discarded in our street an empty can of something called Four Loko, a 23.5 ounce can of a “fruit punch flavored malt liquor beverage” with 12 percent alcohol. (That’s almost twice the size of a typical beer, with almost three times the percentage of alcohol.)

Four Loko, known by its fans as “blackout in a can,” is especially dangerous to young people, because of its large size, high alcohol content and attractive-to-kids fruit flavors.

Some states have banned the sale of Four Loko, typically after a bunch of kids wound up in the emergency room with alcohol poisoning. They had no idea how much alcohol they were consuming in the drink. Kansas’ Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control banned the sale of Four Loko last year. Do you suppose Missouri could be persuaded to ban it in the next legislative session before one of our kids dies?

I am writing to my legislators. I hope you will write to yours.

Ellen Marquardt
Kansas City

Comments

moncler norway

Those are super cute. I like you on Facebook.

gringoloco

Yes, we should do away with all restrictions on ALL MOOD ALTERING DRUGS, with the exception of legal use. It is easier to get illegal drugs (beginning in fourth grade) than it is to get alcohol. Why? Because the alcohol dealer risks his license if he/she provides the drug alcohol to a minor. At the same time, a dealer of the illegal drugs is going to jail regardless of the age of his customer.

The dealer of legal drugs (alcohol) has important reasons to keep their product out of the hands of children. A dealer has no reason to do the same. As a matter of fact, an illegal drug dealer makes more money with no more risk when selling their wares to a child.

You do the math.

Abby

currahee, since you seem to have the same lacking of common sense that Ellen Marquardt....
Drinking age of 21 = logical, reasonable restriction
Banning all flavored alcohol = nanny-state law
Banning premixed alcoholic drinks = nanny-state law

currahee

"
But it DOES whittle away at our rights and personal responsiblity of citizens."

There are a myriad of restictions, limits and bans on alcoholic beverages. Should we do away with all of them?

Nathan

I certainly don't think a law should be passed here, but Four Loko is a different beast all together. Very different user experience in the consumption.

Go have three or four of them in one evening. Your wife will not be pleased.

Abby

Sorry, but I do not want a government babysitter. Kids shouldn't be drinking anyway, and banning Four Loko isn't going to stop anyone, teen or adult, from mixing Red Bull & vodka, something people have done for YEARS.

And the excuse that "fruit flavors appeal to kids" is ridiculous. Should we ban all flavored alcohol? Most kids, if they do drink, are drinking beer or mixing hard alcohol with soda pop. The presence or lack of fruit flavors doesn't matter.

Banning Four Loko is a knee-jerk, feel-good reaction, but in the end does nothing to stop anyone from consumpting alcohol and caffeine together. But it DOES whittle away at our rights and personal responsiblity of citizens.

eduardo

Four Loko itself is not the problem; the problem is the mixing of alcohol and caffeine and other energy products. At a certain point a drunk should "pass out," but the mixes get them hyped-up and often violent. Yes, people can and will mix their own, it's so easy to do. Banning ready-mixed beverages won't stop that, but it might reduce the amount of mixes consumed, and any reduction is good for public safety.

Jpo

I'm with you guys, why does the state need to get involved with a social/family issue? The state has no business regulating the personal choices people make.

The last time the government got the bright idea that it should prohibit alcohol police corruption and organized crime exploded, and many thousands of innocent people were harmed or killed.

Steven

People under 21 should not have alcohol of any kind and the legislature should not ban a product because it is getting in the hands of young people. It should be the duty of the parents to make sure that doesn't happen.

Steven

People under 21 should not have alcohol of any kind and the legislature should not ban a product because it is getting in the hands of young people. It should be the duty of the parents to make sure that doesn't happen.

gringoloco

Four Loco is essentially an energy drink mixed with some kind of booze. Sorta like a "Jaeger Bomb" (Jaeger Meister and Red Bull). Do you really think that those who want to won't mix their own? And at a much lower price?

Young people use alcohol for what it is: A DRUG. Generally speaking, they drink for effect until they have experienced enough negative consequences to chose to make a better decision.

There are only three things adults can do about this: 1) License and tax the drug (I mean liquor) dealer; 2) Teach values and self-restraint in the home and; 3) Hope that, like virtually all others, our kids get through this era of life with as few negative consequences as possible.

 
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