LCB wants sugary, caffeinated alcoholic drinks off shelves |

LCB wants sugary, caffeinated alcoholic drinks off shelves

The state Liquor Control Board has asked each of its license holders to stop selling and promoting alcohol energy drinks, such as Four Loko.

“Right now, this is entirely voluntary,” said Stacey Witalec, a PLCB spokeswoman. “The board doesn’t have the authority to regulate malt beverages.”

The request is rooted in recent troubling events that have surrounded that drinks that contain as much as 12 percent alcohol in one 23.5-ounce can — equivalent to five or six beers.

In August, a former York man, Elroy “Roy” McConnell, and his three sons, Elroy III, Nathan and kelly, died when their car was struck by a 20-year-old man who police said had consumed four cans of Four Loko and had smoked marijuana.

The board’s request will stay in effect until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determines if the drinks are safe, Witalec said.

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