BAILLIEU GOVERNMENT MUST TAKE DANGEROUS DRINK OFF THE MARKET: GRALEY

The Baillieu Government must immediately act to ban the sale of dangerous caffeinated alcopops, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said.

Speaking in Parliament recently, Ms Graley said that alcohol giant Asahi was not honouring the word given by Independent Distillers to stop marketing its caffeinated product, Pulse, until the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs makes it recommendations.

Independent Distillers is now owned by Asahi.

“We know by overwhelming evidence that caffeinated alcoholic beverages are dangerous,” Ms Graley said

“A 2010 article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that bar patrons who consumed caffeinated alcoholic beverages had a threefold risk of leaving the bar highly intoxicated compared with those who consumed alcohol without caffeine and a fourfold risk of intending to drive after leaving the bar,”

“Another study concluded that students who consumed caffeinated alcoholic beverages had approximately double the risk of experiencing or committing sexual assault, riding with an intoxicated driver, having an alcohol-related accident or requiring medical treatment.”

Ms Graley said that Pulse contained South American Guarana. Added specifically to keep drinkers awake and drinking more when they should be sleeping off their intoxication.

She called on Health Minister David Davis to act.

“Let us be clear: Asahi’s license to manufacture alcohol in Victoria is granted by the Victorian Government,”

“We know that young people have died following consumption of these drinks,”

“How many more people have to die before the Baillieu Government acts?”