According to a recent article on Canada.com, Health Canada is being slow to move against alcoholic energy drinks. Considering that these caffeine infused alcoholic beverages have been readily available in liquor stores throughout the country for a number of years now the slowness of Health Canada to make a move seems pretty evident. Health Canada is notoriously slow to adopt and incorporate new scientific evidence in their recommendations and policies. That’s one thing that was frustrating as a public health dietitian as you should be giving advice that’s in-line with the advice given by Health Canada. However, you should also be providing advice based on the latest advances in nutrition knowledge. Those two things were often out of sync. Still, it’s not new or surprising information that beverages containing both alcohol and caffeine can be dangerous. The caffeine can mask the effects of the alcohol leading to excess consumption, the caffeine can also have negative health consequences independent of the alcohol as can be seen in cases of people who have consumed too many energy drinks and suffered seizures or even died as a result. It’s a little bit puzzling to me as to why bartenders have always been obligated to serve a shot of alcohol separately from an energy drink but liquor stores can sell pre-mixed drinks that contain alcohol and an energy drink. Why is Health Canada being so slow to address this? What negative repercussions could they face by doing the right thing and banning these alcoholic energy drinks? What repercussions could be worse than the awareness that they are knowingly putting Canadian’s lives in danger?