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November 2010 Archives

Cocktails Mixing Caffeine and Alcohol May Lead More Easily to DUIs

As discussed in the previous post, alcohol and caffeine can be a dangerous combination. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, the stimulant of caffeine and the depressant of alcohol do not cancel each other out. Instead, caffeine can mask the feeling of drunkenness, making a person drink more and more quickly than they would otherwise drink.

Combination of Alcohol and Caffeine Too Deadly to Study on Humans

The previous post discussed a move by the maker of the alcoholic beverage Four Loko to remove caffeine from their products. The move came just as the FDA signaled they would begin cracking down on products containing alcohol and caffeine.

Four Loko Maker Says Will Remove Caffeine From Its Beverages

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on Tuesday, the manufacturer of Four Loko said that they are pulling their caffeinated alcohol beverages from shelves. The company, Phusion Products, will remove caffeine and two other ingredients from the recipe of their products. The company pulled the products from shelves as several colleges and states have banned the drink and the FDA is considering a ban of alcohol products containing caffeine.

Man on Motorized Wheelchair Arrested for DUI

This blog has covered DUI arrests of people driving cars and boats or riding bikes, but, according to The Moultrie Observer, a person can even be arrested for driving while intoxicated if they are operating a motorized wheelchair after having a few too many drinks. A person cannot be arrested for walking while intoxicated, so the last one does seem a little unfair.

Georgia Tech Football Star Bounces Back After DUI

A recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells the story of former Georgia Tech football star Joe Hamilton. Hamilton was arrested in 2008 on the Georgia Tech campus for DUI, open container, marijuana possession and hit and run. Hamilton had just been hired less than two weeks earlier to be a player personnel assistant.

Veterans Courts Help Struggling Veterans Get on Track

According to a recent opinion piece published by the New York Times, nearly 20 percent of the 1.6 million service members returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from their intense experiences in service to our country. The opinion piece was written by Ronald D. Castille in honor of Veterans Day. Castille is a veteran of the Vietnam War and is now the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

David Cassidy Arrested for DUI

Former teen heartthrob David Cassidy was arrested for DUI on Wednesday night. According to CNN, Cassidy, 60, has been charged with drunk driving after failing a field sobriety test and registering a blood-alcohol level of .14 on a breathalyzer test; the legal limit is .08. A police officer also found a half-empty bottle of bourbon under a seat of Cassidy's car.

Teen in Breathalyzer Costume Arrested for DUI

In weird-but-true Halloween news, a nineteen-year-old man dressed in a breathalyzer costume was arrested early Monday morning for drunk driving. According to The Smoking Gun, The man had been out celebrating Halloween and was still wearing his costume when he was pulled over and arrested by Nebraska police.