Energy drinks cans. (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)
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Merchants have four months to comply with a new ban on the import, manufacturing and marketing of all energy drinks containing alcohol, caretaker Economy Minister Nicholas Nahas and caretaker Health Minister Ali Hasan Khalil announced Monday.The ban includes, but is not limited to, alcoholic beverages containing the common stimulants caffeine and taurine.The combination of alcohol and caffeine has, Nahas said, caused "many casualties" in Lebanon. Alcoholic energy drinks such as XXL, which contains vodka, caffeine and taurine, have become staples at corner stores and gas stations around Beirut.The decree applies only to prepackaged alcoholic energy drinks, Nahas said.
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