Liquor Authority seeks to ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages

The state Liquor Authority is asking the state Legislature for the power to ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages.

The Liquor Authority currently does not have the ability to regulate beverages that are approved for sale by federal regulators.

These beverages, especially Four Loko, have been making headlines lately after numerous people have become extremely sick after consuming large quantities of the beverages.

One can of Four Loko contains roughly 12 percent alcohol and a large amount of caffeine.

Medical professionals say mixing alcohol and caffeine is a dangerous combination, resulting in severe illness and possibly death from alcohol poisoning since the caffeine masks the effects of the alcohol.

4 teens hospitalized with alcohol poisoning

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