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No Red Bull! A Ban on Kids Buying Energy Drinks?

| by Mark Berman

Following the bans on caffeinated alcoholic drinks, one New York lawmaker wants to stop kids from buying energy drinks that don't contain alcohol.

 

Suffolk County legislator Lynne Nowick has proposed banning anyone under the age of 19 from buying the high-caffeine drinks in her county. The highest profile drink in the energy drink category is Red Bull.

"These drinks can potentially be dangerous for teens," Nowick told WNBC/Channel 4. "Why put foreign things in your body when you don't know what's going into them? The drinks are not regulated."

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The ban would target energy drinks with more than 80 milligrams of caffeine per serving.

The county legislature could vote on the proposal sometime next year.

The attack on caffeinated drinks started a few months ago amid dozens of incidents of college students drinking Four Loko and other alcoholic drinks spiked with caffeine. Four states have already banned the drinks, and last month the FDA issued warning letters to manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks, saying the caffeine added to their beverages is an "unsafe food additive."