Wis. Lawmakers Look To Ban Popular Grain Alcohol Drink
A bipartisan group of Wisconsin Assembly lawmakers are reportedly introducing a bill that would ban the popular grain-alcohol drink “Everclear”, according to the Star Tribune.
Wisconson Assembly lawmakers have been pressured to ban the 190-proof drink after incidents of death were linked to the consumption of the grain alcohol.
The mother of 22-year-old Jeff Wielichowski has been on the forefront of a movement which Rep. Andre Jacques says will “safeguard the health and safety of Wisconsites”. Wielichowski died in 2011 after drowning in a pool. The man had consumed a mixed-punch that contained Everclear.
Rep. Jacques stated the safety of residents “far outweighs whatever reason there could possibly be for human consumption of intoxicating liquor containing 95 percent or more of alcohol by volume”.
The drink has been banned in Minnesota for over two decades.
According to Everclear’s website, the drink “enjoys tremendous brand recognition and a loyal, near cult-status, following”.