Sean King

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

We're with the government...

...and we're here to help make sure that you don't kill yourself drinking:

Four Loko, a popular alcoholic energy drink, has been a hot topic for quite some time in media reports, which linked at least one fatal incident to drinking the beverage.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter on Nov 17 to request four companies to stop selling caffeinated malt alcoholic beverages including the one producing Four Loko.

The FDA said the caffeine added to their malt alcoholic beverages is an unsafe food addictive.

I'm pretty sure that last word should be "additive", not "addictive."

But anyway, given the tragedies that result from people doing stupid things, it's hard not to be sympathetic to such laws at the gut level. But then our brains should kick in and we should remember that if we are not free to be stupid, then we are not free. As Ronald Reagan said:
"Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves."

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