Sigh. I suppose my reaction to this article may say more about me than the guardians of Pennsylvania - but I doubt it. Let's see: "contain as much as 12 percent alcohol in one 23.5 ounce can, which is equivalent to drinking five or six beers," . FIVE OR SIX BEERS!? What the hell type of worthless pissy swill are you serving out there?!? For god's sake, don't even look at (my fave) Stone Brewery
, you're liable to die of shock! Face it kids, near-beer went out with 1932, time to grow up.
And then we have the classic: "Given the fact that this has a stimulant and a depressant in it at the same time, mix those two together with the high alcohol content and the fact that it's in a 23.5 ounce can, it's a recipe for disaster if people don't recognize when enough is enough," Oh! Heavens! Caffeine and alcohol - combined - THE TERROR! THE TERROR! Here at the Manor there's been a constant stream of Virginia Gentleman
and Tab for decades - I'm still waiting for that "disaster". As for recognizing when "enough is enough" - that comes with intelligence and experience, and that works for everything - not just the dreaded (in Pennsylvania) mix of alcohol and caffeine. Believe me, if you want to kill yourself stupidly, you're gonna do it, despite the mewling efforts of the PLCB.
The bottom line is that this is cheap and utter crap, marketed at people that want to get as drunk as possible and as cheaply as possible. We're talkin' winos and kids, (pretty much the same thing in my old neighborhood). Is Pennsylvania outlawing fortified wines? And the loathsome Colt 45? If not, why not? (Kickbacks). And if you're really against anything over 24 proof, just outlaw it all - and see what happens.
I just hate the whole nanny state idea, and the hypocrisy that frequently accompanies it. Yes, this stuff is garbage, but so is a whole lot of other junk out there that no one is whining about; all they've really done is to create a mystique and "forbidden fruit" aura around a bottle of vomitous corporate dregs. Better to tell the truth and to say that it's worthless shit that only the desperate would purchase and let the chips fall where they may....