Charlotte, NC -- North Carolina's liquor stores will stop selling 95 percent pure grain alcohol out of concern the product can be abused by students with dangerous results.
The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission told local ABC boards in a memo it's ending the distribution of the pure grain alcohol to more than 400 stores statewide starting Wednesday. A state ABC spokeswoman said Tuesday the decision means four products of 190-proof alcohol won't be kept at the state-run warehouse anymore. One of the most widely known 190-proof alcohol brands is Everclear. The 151-proof Everclear will be sold in its place. The 190-proof Diesel product will not be replaced.
WCNC-TV in Charlotte first reported the change after the Mecklenburg County ABC Board found much of the pure grain alcohol was being sold at stores close to college campuses. Mecklenburg board chief executive Paul Stroup calls the product dangerous, with no redeeming social value.
"The ABC Commission has long been concerned that young adults drinking nearly pure alcohol are especially vulnerable to alcohol poisoning," said Jon Williams. "The state is pleased to have the cooperation of the distillers in removing these products from our market and wants to also recognize the leadership efforts of Mecklenburg County ABC in restricting access at the retail sales level of 190 proof alcohol."
Last week, two federal government agencies announced controls of substances said to be abused by youth. The Drug Enforcement Agency issued an emergency notice of temporary control while they research the effects of synthetic marijuana products, such as K2. The Food and Drug Administration also said the manufactures of caffeinated alcoholic drinks, like Four Loko, will remove their products by mid-December.