Guam – In an effort to support Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas and sixteen other Attorny Generals across the nation, Vice Speaker Cruz introduced Bill No. 178-31 (LS) to prohibit the importation, production, distribution or sale of malt beverages infused with caffeine and/or stimulants such as guarana, ginseng, absinthe, and taurine.
Vice Speaker Cruz explained that he introduced the bill in response to products like “BLAST.” Rapadas and the other AGs are calling on the Pabst Brewing Company to withdraw the drink from the market.
The Vice-Speaker says “BLAST” is a highly intoxicating, supersized alcoholic beverage marketed largely to young consumers through a colorful array of 23.5- ounce single serving cans in assorted flavors including grape, strawberry lemonade, strawberry watermelon, and blueberry pomegranate.
Each 23.5-ounce can contains nearly the equivalent of five servings of alcohol. If consumed in an hour, one can of BLAST meets the standard for binge drinking.”
A release quotes Senator Cruz as saying:
“BLAST, and other brands such as Four Loko, Joose, and Tilt, are examples of powerful and dangerous sickly sweet alcohol in a can. High consumption of these brands may lead our youth to drive intoxicated, commit sexual assault, suicide, and perform poorly in school. With Bill No. 178-31 (LS), I hope to ban beverages of these types before they gain a negative stranglehold on Guam’s youthful consumer.”
Cruz is also quoted as saying:
“The combination of caffeine and other stimulants does not ameliorate alcohols negative effects on motor coordination. Adding caffeine and other stimulants is potentially harmful because such additives impair ones ability to judge their intoxication level. Young people are particularly vulnerable because they are more likely to misjudge their intoxication level and are more likely to take risks.”