Council takes aim at caffeinated alcohol; Irish coffee safe— for now

47th Ward Ald. Eugene Schulter (D-North Center) and Ed Burke (D-West Elsdon: Chicago) are chief sponsors behind a bill that would outlaw the sale of caffeinated alcoholic beverages. The motion to change the city ordinance was reported by Medill and also the Chicago Sun-Times.

Coffee, whiskey, cream and sugar. That's all you need.

Schulter told the Sun-Times it was “unconscionable” that manufacturers would mix caffeine and alcohol, calling it a “toxic potion . . . that really can get people ill.”

“These caffeinated alcoholic beverages are typically sold in 23.5 ounce cans and contain the equivalent of four to six beers and one cup of coffee,” Ald. Burke said in a press release. “It is a dangerous cocktail which can lead to dangerous situations for young people who may be totally unaware of how inebriated they have become in such a short period of time.”

The ordinance states “no person shall sell, give away, barter, exchange or otherwise furnish any caffeinated alcoholic beverage.” Burke and Schulter say the ordinance will only apply to liquor sold or distributed in cans or bottles. So the sale of Irish Coffee, for example, would not be affected.

Burke said, “If somebody thinks that it ought to go farther, let’s hear from them.”

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

2 thoughts on “Council takes aim at caffeinated alcohol; Irish coffee safe— for now

  1. I’ve been drinking Irish Coffee for years. It contains plenty of alcohol, and plenty of caffeine, and hasn’t killed me yet. Let me make my own decisions.

  2. One day you can’t legally drink alcohol, the next you can guzzle six beers and a coffee in 30 seconds. I wonder if our ridiculous binary view of responsibility has anything to do with our young people being unprepared for making adult decisions.

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