Crusade against “wide-awake drunks”

Fresh off a victory against sugary cereal, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is back to alcoholic energy drinks.

Herrera already made news by signing on with 13 state attorneys general to force MillerCoors’ to reformulate its Sparks energy drink without caffeine and three other ingredients that stimulate the senses and reduce drinkers’ sense of intoxication.

Now, the FDA is asking all alcoholic beverage manufacturers to provide evidence that pumping their drinks with stimulants is safe, and Herrera commends the decision. It seems that being awake-drunk contributes to driving under the influence, violence, sexual assault and suicide.

“Beverages that combine caffeine and alcohol create 'wide-awake drunks' who pose a great danger to themselves and others,” Herrera said in a statement.

 

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