Restrictions on alcohol in sugary drinks take effect across Canada
Source CBC News
New regulations restricting the amount of alcohol allowed in
potent, sugary, premixed drinks take effect Thursday across Canada.
now, a 568-millilitre can of what Health Canada calls a "flavoured
purified alcoholic beverage" could contain up to 11.9 per cent alcohol,
the equivalent of about four standard alcoholic drinks, or
portions, such as four regular beers or four five-ounce glasses of wine.
the new regulations, a drink of the same size can't contain more than
4.5 per cent alcohol by volume, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor
told CBC News.
Earlier this year, a Quebec coroner concluded that
consuming several cans of the malt-liquor drink FCKD UP contributed to
the death of 14-year-old high school student Athéna Gervais.
February 2018, Gervais drowned in a small creek behind her high school
in the Montreal suburb of Laval after she reportedly drank most of three
cans of the beverage, which contained 11.9 per cent alcohol, on her
lunch break. Gervais had stolen the cans from a convenience store.