By On November 12th, 2009

Alcohol caffeine mixed drinks dangerous

Companies that manufacture alcohol caffeine mixed drinks are being asked by FDA officials, “who told you that this is legal?” Caffeine, while it is widely used and commonly accepted as a safe substance, is not one of the FDA approved substances for mixture with alcohol. The FDA’s attention began to shift towards the makers of these drinks after receiving letters signed by 18 state attorneys general and one city attorney, which asked the FDA to act based on studies that have shown an increase in motor vehicle accidents and sexual assaults related to the drinks. John Gever, Senior Editor for Medpage Today said, “Under pressure from state authorities, two big marketers of alcoholic beverages, MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, had previously agreed to pull combination drinks named Bud Extra, Tilt, and Sparks off the market. However, smaller companies are still selling drinks with as much caffeine as a cup of coffee and up to 9.9% alcohol under such names as LiquidCharge, Joose, and Four Loko.” Click here to read Gever’s take on this.

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