Government: Ban Red Bull & Vodka mixed drinks
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Government: Ban Red Bull & Vodka mixed drinks

    1. Sarah Greer
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      Sarah Greer

      Copiague, United States

A close friend of mine went out Friday, December 28 with his friends, They went into the city to a few bars to just hang out and have a good time. Around 3am his mother texted him just to check up and make sure everything was okay. He responded quickly saying he was fine and would  be home soon. Around 330, there were cops banging on his moms door saying that her son was in cardiac arrest and they had to rush to Jamaica hospital. She did not understand what could happen in a half hour. At the bar, her son was drinking vodka redbulls. At the hospital, the doctors said that his blood alcohol level was almost normal. He was not drunk. He did not have drugs in his system. The doctors stated that the combination of the vodka redbulls is what put him into cardiac arrest. Visiting him and keeping in touch with his family, my friend is still in a coma. He spent New Year's Eve and day in the hospital, along with his 24th birthday. He had to receive a tracheotomy d was just diagnosed with pneumonia. We are waiting for his body to become strong enough so he could be transferred to another hospital so he could start rehab.

 

I looked up more information about this and I have seen incidents like this have happened a lot. Also ABC Channel 7 World News with Diane Sawyer on January 16 talked about vodka redbulls. According to Sawyer's episode, in 2007 the amount of ER visits related to energy drinks was around 10,000. In 2011, this number increased to 20,000+ people. Drinking these energy drinks are a rising public health problem. Out of those 20,000+ people, 42% have mixed the energy drinks with adderall, ritalin, or alcohol as in my friends case. Drinking these energy drinks increases heart rate and blood pressure. These energy drinks have other substances in them that which are unregulated and adds to the caffeine and stimulate of the drinks.

 

I am going to paste a few links that are related so you could check them out:

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57537545/monster-energy-drink-maker-sued-for-14-year-olds-death/

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/14/5-hour-energy-death_n_2133434.html

 

http://www.examiner.com/article/red-bull-vodka-gives-you-wings-and-death

 

I hope my story and the stories I posted in this e-mail help back me up. In the end I would like do do anything possible to help my friend and other families from going through something like this. These drinks should either be banned or made with different ingredients so that death is not an issue and loved ones aren't dying.

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    2. Decision-maker Help Me Howard responds:

      Help Me Howard

      Hi Sarah:

      Hi Sarah:

      I appreciate what you're trying to do with your petition. But I'm not sure you realize that we have no capablity to create a ban on mixing energy drinks and alcohol. That's potentially a matter for elected offi...


    3. Reached 100 signatures
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      Sarah Greer
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      Please keep sharing this petition to your friends and family. We can make a difference and save someone's life!

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      I know an ex- tenant who is addicted to alcohol , drugs and nicotine, and has become an extremely malignant Cyberstalker and violent man, a very sad example !

      The Dangers of Drinking

      Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for teenagers.

      Alcohol-related car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in the United States.

      Alcohol is the number one drug problem in America.

      If you think it can't happen to you, look around. Check your school's yearbooks for the last ten years. How many were dedicated to a student who was killed in a drunk driving crash?

      Ask your friends how many people they know who have had bad things happen to them when they or someone else was drinking.

      You don't even have to be the one doing the drinking — most teenage passenger deaths are the result of crashes caused by alcohol-impaired teenage drivers. No matter what the situation, drinking alcohol under the age of 21 is illegal.

      How Does Alcohol Affect You?

      You see double, slur your speech, you lose your sense of distance.

      Alcohol loosens your inhibitions; you make bad judgments that can result in car crashes, violence, unwanted pregnancy, sexual transmission of diseases, or rape.

      A significant portion of violent crimes and vandalism among and by youth involve use of alcohol.

      Using alcohol can cost you your freedom. You can be grounded by parents, lose your driver's license, or end up in jail.

      You can get sick or die from alcohol poisoning.

      Poor grades may be a result of increased use of alcohol.

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      Take a good look at how the alcohol industry tries to convince people to use its products.

      Wine coolers are displayed in stores next to fruit drinks. Maybe they don't think you'll notice the difference between a regular fruit drink and one with alcohol.

      Different brands of beer and other alcoholic beverages are slipped into the movies you watch. They think if you see your favorite actor drinking it, you will too.

      The models on the beer commercials are always young, fit, and beautiful. But alcohol has plenty of calories and little nutritional value. Drinking it will not make you fitter or more attractive.

      Advertisements feature celebrities and sports figures, but drinking will not make you famous or athletic.

      Alcohol advertisers are now reminding people not to drink and drive. But drunk driving is not the only way alcohol can mess up your life.

      Advertisers hope you won't stop and think when you see their ads. Don't be conned. Use your own judgment, not theirs, and learn the facts.

      More Facts About Alcohol

      The earlier young people start drinking and using drugs, the more likely they are to become addicted.

      Drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, exercising, or breathing fresh air will not sober you up. The only thing that sobers you up is time — at least several hours.

      One beer, one shot of whiskey, and one glass of wine all have the same amount of alcohol. Don't fall for the myth that beer and wine are less intoxicating than hard liquor.

      Only 3 to 5 percent of alcoholics are what we think of as bums. Most alcoholics are just like people you know. Anyone can become an alcoholic — young, old, rich, poor, single, married, employed, or out-of-work.

      Drinking alcohol does not quench your thirst; it causes dehydration.

      Alcohol interferes with your central nervous system. You lose balance, coordination, and judgment.

      Alcohol ages and damages the brain.

      Alcoholism is hereditary.

      Eight young people a day die in alcohol related crashes.

      Teens who drink alcohol are 7.5 times more likely to use any illicit drug, and 50 times more likely to use cocaine than young people who never drink alcohol.

      You are breaking the law by buying or using alcohol before you are 21 years old.

      Take Action

      Make a pledge with your friends that you will help each other avoid alcohol and other drugs. Leave parties where kids are drinking.

      If a friend, or someone you know, has passed out from drinking too much alcohol, turn the person on his or her side and call 911 or your local emergency number for help. Too much alcohol can cause the central nervous system, which controls breathing, to shut down. Death can result.

      Don't ride with someone who has been drinking. Call a taxi, your parents, or another relative or friend for a ride.

      Encourage someone you think has a drinking problem to get help. Go with them to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings or to meet with a counselor.

      Suggest that members of any club or youth group you belong to organize an anti-drinking project — an alcohol-free post-prom, graduation, or New Year's Eve party.

      Make a presentation to your school's PTA meeting about how teachers and parents can realistically help kids avoid drugs and alcohol.

      Ask for help if someone is pressuring you to try alcohol or other drugs. Talk to someone you trust.

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    • Ioan Davies CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 months ago

      All energy drinks should be banned fulled stop - there is a whole plethora of problems that can arise. Death, anxiety, depression, diabetes, thyroid disorder, black outs, dehydration - GET RID OF IT. IT DOESN'T BENEFIT ANYONE!

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    • Geri Rodriguez LOXAHATCHEE, FL
      • 10 months ago

      I recently met a family member of this young man and heard his story. It is heartbreaking what he and his family have gone through.

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    • Joseph Eberius SEMINOLE, FL
      • 11 months ago

      Bro check this out and sign it and tell ur friends to do the same if we get over 100,000 President Obama will take action on RED BULL HAVE THE COMPANY CHANGE IT OR STOP IT FROM SELLING IT IN USA CAUSE ITS MORE DANGEROUS THAN OTHER ENERGY DRINKS!

      http://wh.gov/lgS3h!!!!!!

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    • Sam H LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Health

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