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HUMAN  EVENTS
Michelle Malkin

Minton: Chicago adults could be forced to give up energy drinks

Are adults responsible enough to choose whether or not to consume energy drinks? Chicago Alderman Edward M. Burke doesn’t seem to think so. He introduced a proposal recently to prohibit sales of highly caffeinated energy drinks to anyone in Chicago, regardless of their age. Lawmakers in Chicago and elsewhere have sought similar bans only for minors and young adults. Burke’s proposal shocked many and has some asking, who has the right to tell adults what they can or can’t drink?

Burke’s ban proposal, perhaps an exercise in one-upmanship, follows a similar idea floated by Health Committee Chairman George Cardenas last month to ban energy drink sales to those under age 21. Cardenas called his proposal a conversation starter intended to bring attention to the alleged dangers posed by energy drinks. Burke seems to be engaging in that conversation, but taking it to an undesirable conclusion.

In November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released data on adverse event reports since 2004 for three of the most popular energy drinks on the market. The reports, filed by consumers or their doctors, detail some serious and sometimes life-threatening health problems, including convulsions, heart attacks, and death after consuming energy drinks. Some of the reports are of mild events like sneezing, throat irritation, and crying. What none of these reports show is evidence linking any of the users’ health problems to the consumption of energy drinks. According to the FDA’s own statement, the reports do not prove that the drinks were the cause of or even related to the health events.

Yet, that didn’t stop some Chicago Aldermen from proposing knee-jerk bans in the city, nor did it stop Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) from calling for a ban on the sale of energy drinks nationwide. While these lawmakers may believe the drinks are harmful, there is no real evidence to support their belief.

Even if there were some connection between energy drinks and health problems, one one would expect to see many more than the 145 adverse events reported to the FDA, 18 of which were deaths (one of those was a suicide), considering the millions of cans sold in the U.S. every year.

Moreover, while there have been recent reports of a spike in energy drink-related hospitalizations, those numbers are more likely a result of increasing media attention and the likelihood of people consuming energy drinks at the time of their hospitalization being counted toward the total. The increasing popularity of mixing energy drinks with alcohol is bound to lead to a greater number of hospitalizations in which energy drink consumption is involved, regardless of the drinks’ inherent qualities or actual role in the patient’s hospitalization. Meanwhile, reports about the supposed dangers of energy drinks may prompt patients and doctors to report their use more than in previous years.

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» 14 Comments

  1. Jerry Manderin

    February 24th, 2013

    My friend gave me an energy drink called XS. That stuff kicks ass.

    I think I’ll load up on a case of XS Root Beer and go kick Burke’s and Durbin’s ass. I hate these enemies of freedom.

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  2. Left Coast Dan

    February 24th, 2013

    This would be funny if it weren’t such a disgusting abuse of our freedoms. It’s pretty obvious what would happen with a ban – there would be a black market if the region were geographically large enough, but since it’s just Chicago all the border stores will see their sales spike. Net result: a little more gasoline wasted, and drinks a little costlier.

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  3. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 24th, 2013

    I say go for it. Ban those drinks. Then we won’t have another Trayvon getting killed when he goes traipsing off to the store to get one, along with skillets and some codeine.

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  4. serfer62

    February 24th, 2013

    Shooting would solve a lot of legislative problems

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  5. persecutor

    February 24th, 2013

    Sounds like Turban is coordinating a campaign donation shakedown of the industry to “prevent” government from regulating them.

    It’s the Chicago way in action!

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  6. Unruly Refugee

    February 24th, 2013

    Must be cutting into drug dealers profits some how. What they need is a Community Organizer.

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  7. Birdie Num Num

    February 24th, 2013

    “…Burke’s proposal shocked many and has some asking, who has the right to tell adults what they can or can’t drink?”

    “SOME” asking!!??

    It’s really gratifying to realize that thinking the government should not be deciding what you can drink is regarded as a minority opinion.

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  8. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 24th, 2013

    Next up, caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes.
    Wait, are there Mormons in Chicago? lol

    So anyway, Why not just make a warning label about 75% size of the can and get it over with.
    Or can they not read in Chicago?
    you know, don’t they have OTHER problems to worry about right now?
    Sheesh.

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  9. Chiefillinicake

    February 24th, 2013

    Just another day here in The People’s Republic of Madiganistan.

    Send reinforcements, pronto!

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  10. Chieftain

    February 24th, 2013

    Hey! It isn’t like they’re walking around drinking malt liquor or beer…

    Oh……….wait………………

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  11. sablegsd

    February 24th, 2013

    Brick walls. Blindfolds. Some assembly required.

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  12. R. Neville

    February 25th, 2013

    As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and he is us”. Never in my lifetime have I seen such rampant idiocy. It appears that there are no proposals too stupid to consider, no policies too absurd. Time to buy that acreage and withdraw from this ridiculous excuse for a society.

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  13. Annie

    February 25th, 2013

    He just wants them all to sip water and gulp air,problem solved.

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  14. MNHawk

    February 25th, 2013

    I’m shocked to read things like this in a Chitcago politician’s bio.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_M._Burke

    “Investigations dogged Burke and his staff, and indictments and convictions involving payroll and contract practices dogged his staff.”

    It takes corrupt garbage to represent corrupt garbage.

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