AUSTIN, Texas — The state’s liquor laws are the stuff of legend, but what you see is what you get when you drink them.
A handful of states — including Arizona and California — have legalized aloe and other natural healing drinks.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is taking a stand against those states.
The agency says it has the authority to restrict sales of the beverages if it sees a potential risk to public health.
Under state law, the commission has the power to prohibit sales of alcoholic beverages to people under the age of 21, and to regulate them for sales to children under age 16.
But in some cases, the authority doesn’t apply, the agency said.
In a statement, the TAB said it has been enforcing its liquor laws for decades.
It said it does not have authority to prohibit the sale of the products in certain situations.
“We are a state with a strong tradition of responsible consumption, and we have a strong interest in protecting the health of Texans,” the agency wrote in a statement.
Alcoholics Anonymous, a group that advocates for abstinence, has banned sales of aloe products.
Texas has not seen a rise in alcohol-related traffic accidents, according to a 2012 state health study.
The number of alcohol-impaired driving arrests has dropped sharply in recent years, and alcohol consumption in Texas has not increased.
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