rum & coke at the FDA

once upon a time, I drank a rum and Coke. It was disgusting and I decided that the best way to enjoy the worlds most popular beverage, is unadulterated Coca-Cola straight from the can. No ice, either, thank you.

Now, the FDA wants to regulate that awful drink. What? you ask. Well, first they’ll come for the come for the Liquid Charge ™…and I suspect that eventually they’ll outlaw the 182 alcohol and coffee drinks .

FDA press release explains their power to regulate:

…a substance added intentionally to food (such as caffeine in alcoholic beverages) is deemed “unsafe” and is unlawful unless its particular use has been approved by FDA regulation, the substance is subject to a prior sanction, or the substance is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS)

I think, using Starbucks as our main argument, that caffeine is Generally Recognized As Safe by our society.

Why the concern? I suspect because some crazy college kids are drinking high energy alcoholic drinks and then acting crazy.

But don’t worry, the a few scientists wrote a letter…the best parts are:

there is emerging evidence that increased exposure to psychoactive drugs in general (including alcohol and caffeine) is associated with an increase in the risk for later drug dependence.”  (Yes, Irish Coffee is a gateway drug. )

The methodological limitations of these studies make extrapolation of the findings very difficult.

Yes, we must protect the college age kids. Well, unless of course they join the military. It amazes me how much trust we put in an 18 year old when she’s paid to carry an M-16, but how little we will trust her two years later when she’s carrying a college textbook.

Yeah…before you know it JackDaniels&Pepsi & Hot Toddy will all be subject to FDA purview.

By the way…I think the ATF’s ban of “flavored” cigarettes is also a horrible idea.

This goes back to one of my core political philosophies:

Not all good ideas are good laws.


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