Friday, December 31, 2010

Why the Feds Banned Four Loko


I have no love for Four Loko. I wouldn't drink it if offered and I certainly won't buy it. I don't buy a lot of things. But, I don't think those things I don't like should be illegal. Sure, you say, but Four Loko's dangerous. But, there's no real evidence of that, just anecdotal. If the FDA can ban a product based on anecdotal evidence, they can ban anything. If a bunch of dumbass kids abuse Pliny the Elder or any of my list of badass beers, the precedent's been set and the FDA can ban high alcohol beers.

Red Bull and vodka, Irish coffee, rum and coke, etc. all share the same characteristics of Four Loko (with the exception of actually tasting good), they could be on the banned list in 2011. All it takes is some college party where a couple of kids abuse the hell out of liquor and the FDA and Chuck Schumer will swoop in to protect us all. For 2011, my new year's wish is that we quit rolling over and allowing the government to ban things.

7 comments:

  1. This is so crazy. If you pound a bunch of cans of anything that have 12% alcohol your going to black out. They just happened to be the cheapest out there and that is why they got singled out.

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  2. It is easier to attack the symptoms of a problem than address the root cause.

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  3. Why does the state ban the synthetic versions of marijuana? Until it's proven unsafe, why should we not be able to enjoy whatever we choose, and even after it's shown to be unsafe, if we are able to make an informed choice?

    Furthermore, why aren't we investing a few of the dollars we waste on checkpoints and prisons into researching recreational drugs, with the goal of producing one that produces great sensations without impairing driving ability, or becoming addictive?

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  4. I was surprised to see an entire stock of Four Loko in my local grocery store's cooler. I was under the impression that it'd been banned and pulled from shelves...I assume some places are just slower than others to recognize this?

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  5. The Four Loko people took out the caffeine additive which is what was actually banned. Now it's straight up malt liquor.

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  6. Way to go news media...

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