Monday, December 6, 2010

Four Loko: Actual Concern or Too Much Government Control?

You guys have probably be hearing recently about the whole Four Loko thing. The drink is a combination of alcohol and caffeine and people are putting up a stink saying it is dangerous because people are more wide awake and think they are OK to drive - the caffeine makes them make bad decisions. Well, the drink will be pulled off the shelves Dec. 13, so in one week.

Now, my question is, do you guys think it is more dangerous than other drinks, or is the government trying to overstep and micromanage companies? How is it any different than making a mixed drink with Monster, or any other energy drink for that matter? Anytime you have alcohol, it can be dangerous. My own opinion is you need to hold the individuals accountable. When someone shoots and kills someone with a gun, do you go after the individual that did the shooting, or the company that made the gun? Or even if you make the argument that yes, it is more dangerous than other alcoholic beverages, should it be completely banned and pulled, or perhaps place a warning label on the bottles?

And according to one of my coworkers, we can expect the same thing with the new (and seems pretty hot and ingenious to me) alcohol infused whipped cream. That’s right, alcoholic whipped cream, now does that seem fun or what? But it’s in a shiny, youthful can, and it can be abused...well so can a lot of things. I mean you have to show your license to prove you are 18 to buy a can of compressed air because teens have been using it to get high. There aren’t many things that can’t be abused if you put your mind to it.

So feel free to post on here and let me know what you think. I’d love to get some input.

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