The Moral Panic Continues

The Food and Drug Administration will rule that caffeine is an unsafe substance to add to alcoholic beverages, “effectively making products such as Four Loko, Joose, and others like them, prohibited for sale in the United States,” according to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). In addition, the Federal Trade Commission plans to notify companies making the product that “they are engaged in the potential illegal marketing of unsafe alcoholic drinks,” Schumer said in a statement.

“Let these rulings serve as a warning to anyone who tried to peddle dangerous and toxic brews to our children. Do it and we will shut you down,” Schumer said. “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.”

Irish coffee? Rum & Coke? Jagerbombs? Get ’em while you still can, I guess.

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    • I’m inclined to stay with the moral panic angle. I find the invocation of “our children” particularly revealing. Here, I’d thought alcohol was only sold to adults 21 and over, and charges to the contrary clearly aren’t what this issue is about.

      Either a 21-year-old is an adult, or he’s a child. The answer can’t be whatever suits your side in the debate of the moment.

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      • Kaznicki: Well, the way this is going anyone under 30 is still a child, apparently. We’ll have to create a new class of citizens for young adults besides just ‘adults’ and ‘minors’… Yadults? Y’Dolts? Any ideas on a name?

        @Scott: Thankfully Gavin Newsom vetoed that ban, but he’s running off to the Lt. Governor’s office at the end of the year…

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  1. I’ve never entirely understood the undergrad fad for combining vodka and Red Bull, but what’s funniest about this law is that people have been mixing stuff like that, on their own, for years- and long before Four Loko- and will continue to do so without problem. It’s not like they’re making one substance illegal; they’re saying that two substances are perfectly legal until you mix them together- although, actually, that’s legal too, provided you don’t sell it. So, I suppose you could just ask for the bartender to give you a rum and a coke and please look away.

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