Sen.-elect Blumenthal wants ban on alcoholic energy drinks

Connecticut Attorney General — and Senator-elect — Richard Blumenthal (D) is asking the Food and Drug Administration to "do the right thing" and ban alcoholic energy drinks.

In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Blumenthal says the agency should quickly wrap up its investigation into whether the drinks meet the FDA's Generally Recognized As Safe standard. The investigation started in November 2009, and since then, Blumenthal and others have argued that scientific and medical evidence proves they don't meet that standard.

"Alcoholic energy beverages are a witch's brew of stimulants and alcohol, creating wide-awake, energized drunks who pose a serious threat to themselves and others," he writes.

Blumenthal's letter comes as the state of Washington voted to ban the drinks, effective this Thursday. The ban comes after nine students were hospitalized last month.

Michigan, Utah and Oklahoma have also banned the drinks.