Calls to ban energy drinks as mixers

IN an effort to curb ongoing alcohol-fuelled violence in Byron Bay, calls have come to ban the sale of energy drinks mixed with alcohol in licensed venues.

The calls come following a push from Community group Last Drinks at 12 to stop alcohol sales after midnight.

Last Drinks at 12 member Mick O'Regan said Byron Bay had rated in the top six most- dangerous localities in the state for non-domestic alcohol-fuelled violence by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research over the past two years.

Byron Shire Council recently recommended a ban on the sale of the drinks in a submission to a review of the NSW liquor act.

Mr O'Regan said Last Drinks at 12 would support a ban on the sale of energy drinks mixed with alcohol if evidence showed it would curb alcohol-fuelled violence.

"If it can be shown that there are benefits in limiting the sale of energy drinks mixed with alcohol then that's a sensible measure," he said.

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson told the ABC he did not support a ban on alcohol sales after midnight, but thought energy drinks mixed with alcohol were dangerous.

"It makes the heart rate almost through the chest, almost like a legal speed, and it can mask the effects of alcohol," he said.

"It's certainly a new phenomena in the drinking scene which perhaps might be one of those explanations as to why some of the young bucks are a little bit more agitated."



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