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Now where will I go for ‘Drinko’?

January 12, 2007

Target and Kohl’s are yanking “drinking” games they sold for Christmas off their shelves, because a consumer group complained that they promoted “binge drinking.”

Drinko!

Duh! How else am I supposed to get through the holidays?

But, lucky for us (us being 21-and-over), they are still selling games called “Keg Pong”and “Shots and Ladders” at Linens-n-Things. (Oops, they’re gone too)

Note that the protest started before the holidays, but the stores are just now pulling the game, after they’ve sold their stock. And I almost bought Drinko for my brother and his fiance for Christmas too. (seriously)

From the USA Today:

Target spokeswoman Lena Michaud said in an e-mail Wednesday the chain had pulled Drinko— an adult version of the game Plinko on the Price is Right TV game show — from its stores and website. 

Target’s move came after letter campaigns by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and Join Together, a public health project at Boston University that says it has a mailing list of about 35,000 drug prevention activists.

Join Together arranged for more than 2,000 protest letters to be sent to Target.

Meanwhile, Kohl’s stopped selling similar drinking games in its 817 stores and on its website before Christmas, says Kelli Ramey, spokeswoman for the Wisconsin-based chain. Kohl’s was the first target of Join Together’s campaign, and was sent more than 2,800 letters beginning Dec. 19, group spokesman Eric Helmuth says.

“The only point of these games is to encourage dangerous consumption,” Helmuth says. “Why would a family retailer want to sell games that expressly encourage people to drink until you puke?”

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