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November 16, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, For the Los Angeles Times
Caffeinated alcoholic drinks that have been making college kids sick on campuses in several states may not be around much longer -- if news report of their proposed demise are correct. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has supported such a ban, reports Tuesday on his website that the Food and Drug Administration plans to ban caffeinated alcoholic drinks like Four Loko and Joose as an "unsafe food additive to alcoholic beverages. " The statement also says the Federal Trade Commission will tell manufacturers that selling these unsafe alcoholic drinks is illegal.
October 27, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Even by the extreme standards of typical college mayhem, the small-town college party in central Washington this month looked bad. Police were initially called to a supermarket parking lot, where they found a girl passed out in the back seat of a car next to a boy with a bloody nose. At the private house the two had just left, three girls were sprawled on a bed, a barely conscious young man was being dragged out of the backyard, a girl was prostrate on the bathroom floor and three young people were splayed senseless in a car outside.
February 24, 2010 | Chris Erskine
If you never hear from me again, here's what happened: My older daughter storms into town to mooch off me at the Olympics, immediately unplugs the clock/radio and announces: "From now on, we're not concerned about time." Now, I've never been all that time-oriented to begin with, so the next thing I know we're at some beery pavilion overlooking this glimmering, sensational city. The pavilion is run by the Germans -- the folks from Saxony, to be precise. As you may have sensed, I frown on drinking of any sort -- even water -- yet I find this little bordello of beer and brats on the edge of Stanley Park very compelling.
January 28, 2010 | By Amina Khan
New businesses opening in downtown Huntington Beach can cut beer pong out of their possible entertainment lineups. City leaders recently voted to ban alcohol games for new businesses or those renewing their entertainment licenses. Beer pong has been a form of entertainment at a number of establishments in Surf City, where aficionados tested their accuracy and alcohol tolerance in a satellite tournament during the World Series of Beer Pong in 2008. Beer pong starts out with partially filled cups of beer arranged in triangles on opposite sides of a table.
January 24, 2010 | By Liz Sly
It started in the Green Zone, with Iraqi soldiers ordering restaurants to stop serving alcohol and confiscating bottles from politicians at checkpoints. Then, mysterious signs began appearing across the rest of Baghdad declaring alcohol sinful and warning of damnation for those who drink. Finally, the crackdown came. Phalanxes of soldiers and police officers descended on the nightclubs, cabarets and bars that had proliferated across the capital in the last two years and symbolized for many a return to normality.
December 30, 2009 | By Betty Hallock
Sherry cocktails have come a long way from hot sack posset. A custardy Middle Ages concoction of sherry, milk and eggs, popular first in Britain and then the New World, sack posset eventually gave way to the likes of the 19th century Bamboo, a combination of sherry, dry vermouth and orange bitters invented by a German bartender in Yokohama, Japan, and introduced to the U.S. by William Boothby's book "World's Drinks." Then something (Prohibition, bad marketing, corporate consolidation, you name it)
November 15, 2009 | Andrew Zajac and Mary MacVean
Alcoholic energy drinks, marketed under provocative names such as Evil Eye, Max Fury and Slingshot Party Gel, have quickly gained a foothold among younger drinkers. Now the producers of those beverages have a new, perhaps unwanted audience. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday requested proof from the companies that their products, which blend caffeine and alcohol, are safe. The FDA never has approved the addition of caffeine to an alcoholic beverage, and a task force of state attorneys general and other officials has urged the agency to scrutinize the combination.
November 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Food and Drug Administration requested information from nearly 30 makers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages on why they believed their products were safe. The companies have 30 days to send data showing how caffeine can be "safely and lawfully" added to alcoholic drinks.
November 13, 2009 | By Andrew Zajac
Prodded by the attorneys general of California and 17 other states, the Food and Drug Administration is asking the makers of caffeinated alcoholic beverages to provide evidence that their drinks are safe. The FDA this morning said it has contacted nearly 30 drink manufacturers seeking safety information on the drinks. Under federal law, an ingredient can't be added to a food or beverage unless it's been approved by the FDA or is generally recognized as safe. The FDA has never approved caffeine as an additive to alcoholic beverages.
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