News Nugget: “Blackout in a Can” ban spreads

First Michigan. Now the state of Washington has also banned the popular alcoholic energy drink, Four Loko, and all other caffeinated malt liquor drinks. The move comes after dozens of Washington college students who were drinking the controversial beverage were hospitalized.

One can of Four Loko’s fruity malt liquor has 12 percent alcohol plus the amount of caffeine in an average cup of coffee. What makes it so dangerous is the caffeine hides the effects of the alcohol so some people end up drinking more. It’s known among college students as “blackout in a can.”

Just plain ol’ energy drinks are dangerous enough. I can’t even imagine this crazy alcohol/caffeine combo.


  1. TheKitchenWitch November 12, 2010