Iowa Considers Banning Everclear After Alcohol Poisonings

Officials with Iowa’s Alcoholic Beverages Division are considering a ban on Everclear, a type of potent grain alcohol, after several incidents involving underage drinkers that resulted in alcohol poisonings. In early November, a Drake University first-year spent a pledge evening at a fraternity house consuming large quantities of the liquor, and had to be hospitalized for treatment with a blood alcohol content of .50. Lynn Walding, an administrators with the Iowa ABD, told Amy Lynn Wanek of Politics Daily,

“The danger is how quickly that can elevate someone to a state of intoxication…someone who doesn’t have experience with alcohol can quickly find themselves in a dangerous situation. If you drink half a bottle of Everclear, that can be lethal. What we are seeing, and what we have heard of, are young people, often underage, who don’t have that familiarity with alcohol to know any better.”

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3 Responses to “Iowa Considers Banning Everclear After Alcohol Poisonings”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. Everclear is potent, but it shouldn’t not be banned. For me, there’s no such thing as “underage” drinking for young women and young men who are 18-20. Binge drinking has consequence, thus university students must not go into alcohol abuse. The agesit drinking of 21 hasn’t and never will instill alcohol responsibility for young adults which is why alcohol abuse by university students is a consequence of the ageist drinkin age.

  2. Matthew Says:

    Uh, for one this isn’t even going to work. Why?
    Because all they would have to do is travel to a different state, and then have a 21 year old friend buy it for them. Afterword they would just be driven further underground, cause more deaths by this stupid 21 law.

  3. Ajax the Great Says:

    For those who don’t know, Everclear (190 proof grain alcohol) is bad news, believe me. I grew up in New York (where the stuff is illegal) and went to college there as well. Some students would make the drive to New Jersey, where it is legal for anyone over 21. Stay away from it, especially any sort of punch or “jungle juice” made with it.

    Then again, I doubt it would be nearly as popular among college students if the drinking age was 18.