(Columbus, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today issued the following statement on Anheuser-Busch's announcement that the company will lower the alcohol content in its malt beverage Tilt.
"Fruit-flavored alcoholic drinks, like Tilt, are especially dangerous for underage drinkers, and it's important to do everything possible to protect our youth from the dangers of alcohol use. It is encouraging that Anheuser-Busch is taking a step in the right direction, and I urge other manufacturers to take similar measures."
The Ohio Attorney General's Office is part of the national Youth Access to Alcohol and Drugs Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General.
In 2008, the Ohio Attorney General joined attorneys general of 12 states in investigating the two leading manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks (AEDs): MillerCoors Brewing Company (the producer of the most popular AED, Sparks) and Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (the producer of the AEDs Tilt and Bud Extra). The investigations culminated in each company entering into a written agreement with the attorneys general to cease producing caffeinated alcoholic beverages altogether.
Although Tilt no longer contains caffeine, the recent announcement means that its alcohol content will be lowered from 12% to no more than 8% by volume.
Lisa Hackley 614-466-3840
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