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California bans caffeinated alcoholic beverages

Gov. Brown signed a bill banning caffeinated alcoholic beverages. The move makes California the seventh state to outlaw them.

August 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill banning caffeinated alcoholic beverages. The move makes California the seventh state to outlaw them.

The bans follows incidents involving college students who had to be hospitalized after drinking too many of caffeinated alcoholic drinks.

Critics say the beverages target young people. The drinks typically come in large containers with high alcohol content, making it easy to drink too much, and in sweet, fruity flavors.

The bill's creator was Democratic State Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles.

As a result of the bans, most manufacturers have changed their formulas to exclude caffeine.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.