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Assembly Democrat wants to ban sale of high-proof alcohol

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Assembly Democrat wants to ban the sale of high-proof alcohol. 

Madison Representative Terese Berceau is working on a bill to prohibit liquor stores from selling booze that's more than 160 proof. She tells WISC-TV that the only purpose of such alcohol is to get people, "stupidly drunk." 

Berceau said she proposed the measure after learning that a person in Milwaukee drowned after drinking high-proof Everclear, along with the Red Bull energy drink and Gatorade. 

At first, Berceau wanted to make it a felony to sell the intense alcohol -- but she says she's working with another lawmaker to make it a less severe misdemeanor with a fine instead of prison. 

For now, Berceau has pulled the measure from committee consideration until she can complete the changes. She says 15 other states ban high-proof alcohol -- but she adds that Wisconsin never wants to touch the issue of alcohol abuse, "no matter how much it costs."