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Report: NY Officials Want Crackdown On Caffeinated Alcohol

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Four Loko (credit: Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) – State regulators in New York said they may ask the legislature to give them the power to ban alcoholic energy drinks.

A spokesman for the State Liquor Authority told the Daily News that the agency is concerned about the punch packed by caffeinated alcoholic beverages like the popular Four Loko drink.

The beverages have quadruple the alcohol content of some types of beer.

He said however that state law doesn’t currently give the authority the power to ban products approved by federal regulators.

The makers of Four Loko and other caffeine-laced drinks said their beverages are no more nefarious than a scotch and soda or an Irish coffee.

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