Small Liquor Bottles a Concern?

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A small alcoholic drink is under fire from health advocates. With prom season around the corner, some health advocates say the drink called Spykes, which is the size of a nail polish bottle, could easily slip into the tiniest purse or tuxedo pocket.

"We've had it for probably a year and a half now,” I-65 Liquors owner, Casandra Spears said.

Spears said she was surprised to hear this small bottle of alcohol is causing alarm.

"It's not a very high alcohol content drink. The purpose of it is to add to a beer or to a mixed drink, just add a little spike to it. I don't think people or parents should be worried about it,” Spears said, but parents are worried. Some say the alcoholic beverage is small and easy to conceal.

The Anheuser-Busch product is causing a buzz, but Spears said it's really not that big of a deal and with similar sized bottles of alcohol out there, there shouldn't be any alarm.

"There are other products out there that can also be fit into pockets very easily,” Spears said.

Spears said at the liquor store she owns, Spykes bottles are kept behind the counter and said that employees are doing their part to make sure these small bottles don't end up in the wrong hands.

"We know how to I.D., and we throw them out if they have a fake and you have to be 21 to be in the store, so there shouldn't be an issue with it at all,” Spears said.

While Spears said parents shouldn't be concerned with their teens getting these small bottles in the stores, she does encourage them to be aware of how easily these bottles can be hidden.

"It can be fitted into a pocket very easily,” Spears said.

Advocates say along with teens being drawn to how small these bottles are, they are also concerned that the low price of the Spykes liquor bottle will attract younger people.

Anheuser-Busch representatives say the Spykes bottles are clearly marked as containing alcohol and that the company has contributed more than $500 million to programs for preventing alcohol abuse and underage drinking.

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