Energy drinks are just as popular as water these days and cans of Red Bull and others line supermarket shelves. One alcoholic energy drink, Four Loko, is feeling the heat right now because students across the country have been hospitalized after consuming it.
A regular beer has 4% alcohol but Four Loko has 12%. Experts say one 24-ounce can is the equivalent of drinking a 6-pack of beer. Like other alcoholic beverages, college students have begun to abuse Four Loko maybe not realizing the dangers that are contained inside the can. In fact, nine students at Central Washington University who drank Four Loko were hospitalized with blood-alcohol levels ranging from 0.12 percent to 0.35 percent, said CWU President James L. Gaudino. FYI a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.30 percent or more is potentially deadly.
A student who wishes to remain anonymous recounted the October 8th ordeal:
One girl was sitting on a bench and she fainted, and my friend and I were like, ‘Oh my god, oh my god.’ We rushed out to help her and I gave her CPR. These people were still fighting for consciousness almost and their eyes were rolling back to their head, and I’ve just never seen anything like that.
Four Loko, made by Phusion Projects Inc. of Chicago, maintains that the can is adequately marked with seven labels warning consumers of its contents. A statement reads, “The unacceptable incident at Central Washington University, which appears to have involved hard liquor … and possibly illicit substances is precisely why we go to great lengths to ensure our products are not sold to underage consumers and are not abused.”
The bottom line is that Four Loko may put you in the hospital, but so will a lot of things. College students abuse liquor. That’s a fact. While Four Loko was involved, we can’t blame the drink itself. If it wasn’t Four Loko, college kids would drink something else. The point here is that we have free will and have to act responsibly.