Washington State Could Ban Alcoholic Energy Drinks - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Washington Liquor Control Board Bans Alcoholic Energy Drinks

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state retailers have a week to clear millions of dollars worth of alcoholic energy drinks from their shelves after state regulators banned them Wednesday.

Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire, who requested Washington's ban, says a strong caffeine-and-alcohol combination could encourage drinking too much by masking alcohol's regular depressant effects. She also says the drinks are appealing to young drinkers.

In approving the ban, the state Liquor Control Board cited the hospitalization of nine dangerously drunk Central Washington University students last month in Roslyn. All the hospitalized students had been drinking Four Loko.

Washington's emergency ban specifically covers products that combine beer, strong beer or malt liquor with caffeine or other similar substances found in regular energy drinks.

Washington's ban is good for 120 days, but could be made permanent.
     

FACEBOOK COMMENTS:

Jody Lynn Hill: good there is nothing good that comes with those

Scott Mead: Washington should of just upped of the buying age of those drinks, and ban stupid people from buying them, oh well I guess more money for Idaho, they will just come over here like they do everything else.. Cheaper Alcohol, Cigarettes, Gas :)

Shellie Emmett Hazelton: its about time

Alisha-Jeremey Bartee: How about we ban stupid people?

Michelle Southern Leibfried: how dumb....common now. We are adults that buy it, and it shouldn't matter...ridiculous!!!

Curtis H Thomas III: So what's to stop someone from buying an energy drink, then mixing it with alcohol. Note to the liquor board *YOU CAN NOT SAVE SOMEONE FROM THEMSELF*

Heather Gemmrig: Stupid, stupid, stupid. Anyone who wants some just has to come to Idaho. Or any other state.

Lael Alexander: regardless if you can't save someone from themselves, these companies market their product to a younger crowd knowing very well that underage kids are getting their hands on these. I think banning them is a wonderful idea.

Curtis H Thomas III: ‎@ Lael, then put the money toward education of these products and the bad effects they have if used improperly....

Heather Gemmrig: A lot of people my age drink these too. They are actually pretty good, though I prefer Sparks over the Loco four. We call them "cheer beer". And really, when I was a teen, we drank whatever we could get our hands on, same as they do now. It... isn't going to change by banning any of these. Another company will make something else, and it will get banned, and they will make something else, and it will get banned, etc. Why don't we focus on allowing our law enforcement to actually enforce the laws we already have to prevent underage drinking, then we can actually punish the law-breakers. THEN we might solve a few problems. Banning, outlawing and making more laws that we don't enforce just wastes everyones time and money.

Jess Ponikvar: I think we should ban anything that might ever hurt anyone. Guns, glass, dogs, pencils. Our kids should wear helmets all the time, even at school, what if there is an earthquake?

Tina Vetsch: So they are actually banned now?? I thought they were just thinking about it?? I guess they cant complain when they see revenue go down because of it although now they will probably try raising the alcohol tax again. Believe it or not these things bring in a lot of money. They sell pretty good. I have drank Tilts and Sparks and I never ended up in the hospital oh yeah that's because I am a responsible drinker. You just cant fix stupid or ban it either.
Lael Alexander: ‎@Curtis, kind of funny how I am not the only one for banning them, yet the only one you call out by name. I have no problem with their being more education. I just feel I am entitled to my opinion. And you to yours. KHQ asked for opinions and I gave mine, you are welcome to your own.
Emily Norton: Lame. Too bad the people couldn't have their say on this... it would've been voted down. Banning stupid people though... now there's an initiative...
Snooki Chan: Kids are just going to get alcohol poisoning from something else, or head over to Idaho. You can't take a small part out of the problem and expect a solution. The real problem is ignoring limits, we need education, not dictation.
Sara Sackett: WA... you suck. Pretty soon we won't be able to walk down the street cuz that'll be banned too... Counting down the months till we move from this lame ass state...
Curtis H Thomas III: ‎@ Lael, because you responded directly to my comment. We can't ban everything b'cuz some stupid college kids decided to drank too much... What about the folks that use responsibly?
Bret Ford: Maybe...if MORE people would have voted.....we could have had private industry instead of the state controlled liquor stores.
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