U.S. Regulators Will Ban Four Loko, Other Caffeinated Alcoholic Beverages

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement Tuesday that U.S. regulators have decided to ban caffeinated alcoholic beverage such as Four Loko, on the grounds that they are unsafe. Five states have already prohibited sales of such drinks.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will prohibit the sale of drinks such as Four Loko and Joose, whose 24-ounce cans contain as much as three coffee cups worth of caffeine and alcohol equal to as many as three cans of beer, according to Schumer. In October, nine students were hospitalized after drinking Four Loko, Schumer said.

The New York Senator has pushed for the ban amid the growing popularity among college students and young adults of caffeinated cocktails such as Red Bull and alcohol.

"The dangers of these drinks are well known," Schumer said. "A recent study found that young and underage drinkers who combine alcohol with caffeine, which occurs with increasing frequency given the prevalence of beverages like Four Loko and Joose, are more likely to suffer injury, be the victim of sexual assault, drive while intoxicated, and require medical attention than drinkers who consume caffeine-free beverages."

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It's not the company's fault these kids drink more than they should. It's not like drinking soda, you fools! It's an alcoholic drink! 12% alcohol it says on the can. Ever heard of an Irish Coffee or Jager Bombs which contain caffeine? It does the same thing, you just have to use discretion with ANYTHING you drink. It's a bit of a "sober drunkenness" I understand, because I personally have consumed this beverage but I know where to stop... at one and a half :) If someone ends up in the hospital because they drank too much tequila, is it the maker's fault? No! I see that is it is popular among college students and underage drinkers...well, minors can make immature choices but that is not the fault of the makers of Four Loko .Just because it comes in a colorful can and in fruity flavors, doesn't mean it's for you. Quit being rebellious, acting like you can do anything adults do, go home and sip on a Yoo-Hoo. People can blackout on any type of alcohol you find at the grocery store and mix it with an energy drink and get the same result if they over-do it. You gonna ban Red Bull and Monster because people add them to their alcohol? Huh?

November 17 2010 at 2:31 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Nothing worse than a wide-awake drunk!

November 16 2010 at 11:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cigarettes and booze are dangerous too and you don't see the FDA banning them. Seems awful strange.

November 16 2010 at 11:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply