NY Officials Want Crackdown on Alcoholic Energy Drinks

Students across country hospitalized after consuming Four Loko

Saturday, Nov 6, 2010  |  Updated 9:45 AM EDT
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State regulators in New York say they may ask the legislature to give them the power to ban alcoholic energy drinks.

A spokesman for the State Liquor Authority tells the Daily News that the agency is concerned about the punch packed by caffeinated alcoholic beverages like the popular Four Loko drink.

The beverages have quadruple the alcohol content of some types of beer.

But he says state law doesn't currently give the authority the power to ban products approved by federal regulators.

The makers of Four Loko and other caffeine-laced drinks say their beverages are no more nefarious than a scotch and soda or an Irish coffee.

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