Alcoholic energy drinks would be banned in New Mexico under a proposal floated by state Attorney General Gary King, KFOX-TV reported Oct. 21.
Several attorneys general throughout the United States have also taken steps to prevent manufacturers from advertising alcoholic energy drinks to young drinkers. “Attorney General Gary King thinks it's the right time to start really making a push in this direction, not only to protect our children but to protect all motorists and people that are out there,” said Phil Sisneros, the attorney general's director of communications.
King plans to propose the ban during New Mexico's January legislative session, said Sisneros. Some New Mexicans are skeptical that the ban will be effective in reducing underage drinking, however.
King also plans to propose legislation that would make it illegal for underage drinkers to consume alcohol; under-21s already are barred from buying and possessing alcohol.