Caffeinated Alcohol Banned in Michigan

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Michigan has decided to ban caffeinated alcohol due to the deceiving looks to the drinks:

The state of Michigan has banned caffeinated alcoholic beverages. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) rescinding the approval of all "alcohol energy drinks." The commission will notify beverage makers via a commission order about the product ban; they will have 30 days to remove these products from the state of Michigan, it said.

The decision was made in light of the several studies regarding caffeinated alcoholic beverages and community concerns aired by substance abuse prevention groups, parent groups and various members of the public, as well as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to further investigate these products.

MLCC said that it believes the packaging is often misleading, and the products themselves can pose problems by directly appealing to a younger customer, encouraging excessive consumption, while mixing alcohol with various other chemical and herbal stimulants. The recent events regarding minors in Washington State and other concerns from emergency room doctors quoted throughout the country have prompted chairperson Nida Samona and commissioner Patrick Gagliardi to take action, it added.

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