The Attorneys General for 28 states, Guam and Washington, D.C., have criticized beverage companies marketing drinks with alcohol and caffeine, calling on the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to investigate.
The state legal eagles say the marketing for the drinks may be fraudulent and targets young people who buy nonalcoholic energy drinks. They also claim that it may be unhealthy to combine alcohol and caffeine in a single beverage.
The Attorneys General point to products such as Sparks, Bud Extra and Liquid Charge as being among the offenders. Even though labeling for the drinks must be approved by the federal government, the Attorneys General want an investigation of the ingredients of alcoholic energy drinks and a ruling on whether they are properly classified as malt beverages.