CA lawmaker wants to ban alcoholic energy drinks

April 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A state lawmaker is trying to ban alcoholic drinks that contain caffeine and other energy boosters.

The drinks can have as much caffeine as five or six cups of coffee and cost as little as $2 a can. That's made them a big hit with college students and young people. Democratic Assemblyman Jim Beal of San Jose says it's a dangerous combination.

"It creates a situation where they can drink actually more and become more inebriated at the same time as being awake and juiced up in both ways," says Beal.

His bill was supposed to be heard by an assembly committee on Wednesday, but the hearing has been postponed until Monday.


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