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ENERGY DRINKS: Let market sort out problems

Letter by Matthew Thomas Cornwall, Tacoma on Nov. 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm | 37 Comments »
November 12, 2010 4:20 pm

The state of Washington has banned the purchase and sale of alcoholic energy drinks (TNT, 11-11). I try to understand why politicians make the decisions that they do and make a judgment after reviewing both sides of the argument. However, in regards to this particular issue, I’m at a loss for words.

Nine college kids from Central Washington University were rushed to the hospital for having blood alcohol contents ranging from 0.123 to 0.35.

I’m not sure if all of the lawmakers in Washington state ever went to college, but I can honestly tell you that most college kids have had a blood alcohol content between those two ranges by the time they finish their freshman year.

I don’t have a palate for alcoholic energy drinks, but I think that citizens should have the right to decide for themselves. I know that these alcoholic drinks aren’t very classy, but stores supply them. Why? It’s simple economics: supply and demand. If the demand for these alcoholic energy drinks were to drop, the sales would drop and stores would no longer stock them.

Despite how some people feel about the capitalistic system in the United States, I believe that it tends to solve its own problems.

By banning and specially taxing certain food and drinks, the government is saying, “You’re too stupid to think for yourself, and you need us in order to live a fully productive life.” I don’t subscribe to that.

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