Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Alcohol in the news; Popular drink being called a "blackout in a can"

From WCIA 3/ Illinois

Popular drink being called a "blackout in a can"

Caffeine is a stimulant, alcohol is a depressant. Not a great combination,” said U of I alcohol counselor Mary Russell.

The drink is sold in the Champaign Urbana area.

It’s called Four Loko, but others call it “blackout in a can.”

The U of I and others are trying to stop students from drinking it.

The alcoholic energy drinks have three times more alcohol than a beer, plus it tastes good. Russell says just one can could cause a 120 pound woman to have a blood alcohol content of twice the legal limit. She says it can counteract your own body’s self defense mechanism.

“So you keep drinking when you should stop so it raises the blood alcohol content higher than it might than if the student had the natural body mechanism in place to go ahead and stop,” said Russell. Downing one can of Four Loko is like having between five six beers. The alcohol counselor I talked to admits that may sound appealing to some college students. She’s urging people to be careful with the alcoholic energy drink because it’s gotten a lot of people in trouble.

It’s been revealed that nine college students were sent to the hospital after drinking Four Loko at a party near Central Washington University. The University’s President is planning to ban all alcoholic energy drinks. Ramapo College in New Jersey banned Four Loko earlier this month. There are twenty-five places to buy Four Loko in the Champaign-Urbana area.
Look for articles on this everywhere. This beverage will be compared to satan and hitler before long.

No, I haven't had it.

Oh look, it's in Time.

"Blackout in a can"; Alcoholic energy drinks keep wreaking havoc

It's definitely a tool of satan. There is no way anyone could drink this and consider themselves to be a responsible consumer of alcohol. At least, that's what I understand from reading this story.

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