The Next Student Health Problem?

Caffeinated alcoholic beverages have grown in popularity in recent years among college-aged drinkers. This has caused concern among health officials, politicians and college administrators -- even one can be a recipe for disaster. Officials at Ramapo College have banned alcoholic energy drinks on campus.

The drinks have also attracted the attention of the U.S. government. Last November, the FDA threatened to ban the drinks if manufacturers could not prove they were safe for consumption.

According to Inside Higher Ed:

“No regulations have been issued yet, but an FDA press officer ... [said] that the agency has received 19 responses from 27 manufacturers and distributors, and plans to evaluate those submissions and other scientific evidence ‘as soon as possible in order to determine whether caffeine can be safely and lawfully added to alcoholic beverages.’”

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