Up Front: DRINKING PROBLEMS
SHOTS FOR TOTS?
TWO BOOZE FADS--ALCOHOL-laced gelatin desserts and ready-made cocktails packed in test tubes--are drawing fire. The charge: The cheap novelty products, which have as much alcohol as wine, appeal to underage drinkers.
Tumblers are a version of the so-called Jell-O shots that are popular in Generation X bars. Tumblers are sold in package stores. Another concern is the kiddie pricing and packaging: The 24-proof fruit-flavored gelatin sells for about $1 in the same single-serve plastic tubs used for lunch-box snacks. Then there are Tooters, tubes filled with 30-proof, neon-colored cocktails.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving is campaigning against the products. In Chicago, the Reverend Michael Pfleger, a neighborhood activist, is leading a crusade to demand that stores near his parish stop carrying them. Both Tooter Lingo Liqueurs of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Tumblers of Georgetown, Mass., insist their products are intended and marketed for adults only.Greg Burns