Sunday, May 29, 2011
Should we ban alcopop?
From the Daily News:
They banned smoking in parks and flavored tobacco. Now city officials are coming after your Mike's Hard Lemonade.
The city Health Department wants state lawmakers to make it illegal for bodegas to sell "alcopop" - premixed, carbonated, flavored malt drinks with alcohol content as high as 12%.
"We are very concerned about these," Health Commissioner Thomas Farley testified at a Council hearing yesterday.
Bronx State Sen. Jeff Klein has already introduced a bill to ban kid-friendly booze beverages like Four Loko and Tilt - but the city says it doesn't go far enough.
A new bill, which must be approved by Albany lawmakers, would outlaw Mike's Hard Lemonade and almost all other types of mixed alcoholic drinks sold in 8,700 bodegas, delis and mini-marts.
Studies have shown that two out of five adolescents who begin drinking before the age of 15 will eventually become dependent on alcohol.