Alcopops

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What are alcopops?

Sugary, usually fruity-flavored and brightly appealing alcoholic beverages that look and taste like soda. Alcopops range from hard lemonades to energy drinks with alcohol already mixed in. Alcopops contain the same amount of alcohol as beer, but hides the high amount of alcohol under the sweetness of the drink. Alcopops are just as dangerous as any beer. 

COMMON BRANDS

  • Blast by Colt 45
  • Four Loko
  • Smirnoff Ice
  • Bacardi Silver
  • Mike's Hard Lemonade

health RISKS/ FACTS

  • 1 out of 5 teens have thrown up or passed out from drinking alcopops
  • Nearly 1 out of 6 teen girls are sexually active after drinking alcohol
  • 25% of teens who tried alcopops drove after drinking and drove in a car with a driver who had been drinking.
  • 2 out of 3 Americans were surprised to find that any brand of alcopop has more calories than an average Krispy Kreme donut (300 calories)
  • A single Four Loko drink contains 660 calories

Sugar in alcopops hide the true amount of alcohol. They are brightly decorated with sweet fruit-flavored so that the youth will drink them.

LEGAL PENALTY

Alcopops contain as much alcohol as beer.

It is illegal to sell alcohol to a person under the age of 21 in the state of Hawai'i.

It is illegal to consume alcohol if your are under the age of 21 in the state of Hawai'i.

Sources: Alcohol Justice formerly The Marin Institute, American Medical Association (AMA)