City health officials seek ban on sale of 'alcopop' drinks

BROOKLYN - City health officials announced a push to ban the sale of so-called alcopop drinks because of their appeal to underage drinkers.

Health officials say drinks such as Mike's Hard Lemonade are sometimes too easily available to minors because they are sold in local delis and bodegas. The department's proposal calls for the drinks, which sometimes contain as much as 14 percent alcohol, to only be sold in liquor stores.

According to the Department of Health, alcohol is the third-leading cause of preventable death in the city.

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