FDA Issues Warning to Four Loko, 3 Other Drink Makers

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As a result of this and other incidents, four states and a number of college campuses have banned the sale of alcoholic energy drinks. In New York, the State Liquor Authority and some of the largest beer distributors agreed to stop selling these drinks throughout the state.

Other experts think a ban could be counterproductive.

"I'm concerned that we're about to do for young people exactly what we've learned not to do," said Parsons. "The more we stigmatize something and make an issue out of it, the more attractive it's going to be."

He thinks there needs to be a much greater emphasis on how to prevent young people from picking up one of these drinks.

"I think we need, rather than just focusing on 'let's ban these products,' we need more research and prevention-based efforts to deal with the public health needs."

ABC News' Brian Hartman contributed to this report.

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