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Toronto looks to ban mixing energy drinks and alcohol

Toronto the Good never really quite goes away, as exemplified by the the public health office's recent call for a ban on the sale of energy drinks and alcohol. The proposed ban would extend to events that take place on city property and/or which require a city permit for the sale of booze. The argument is pretty straightforward. The Board of Health cites the dangers of combining caffeine and booze, which one official notes causes people to feel "wide-awake drunk."

Um, that sounds pretty fun to me. I'm often so sleepy when I drink. All kidding aside, there probably is an argument against the combination of energy drinks and alcohol when it comes to impaired judgment, but is it really the city's place to make the call on something like this? It strikes me as overly paternalistic, particularly given that neither energy drinks or alcohol are illicit items.

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