“Four Loko” (a.k.a blackout in a can) is a caffeinated malt liquor beverage that has been gaining a lot of attention lately as it is becoming a problem among young drinkers. A pretty serious problem: Already banned in 2 states, with New York & Oregon next in line, the 12.0% ABV energy drink has recently given a healthy 19 year old Philadelphia college student a heart attack, sent 23 Ramapo College Students to the ER for alcohol poisoning, and has even been linked to 3 anti-gay hate crime beatings in Brooklyn, NY.
One can of the drink, concocted by three 2005 college graduates from Ohio, is said to contain as much alcohol as is in up to 6 light beers; a caffeine equivalent of two twelve ounce cups of coffee and the same amount of calories as a McDonald’s Happy Meal with a Coke (660 calories). There are currently about 20 attorney generals throughout the country encouraging the FDA to investigate the drinks toxicity with the hopes of an overall ban against the super-potent beverage. In the mean time, the drink is still available in most states. Now might be the time to start stocking up if you’re into triple-by-passes & being wasted and wired at the same time. I prefer to relax and unwind when I throw a few back, but that’s just me.