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Friday, October 15, 2010

College Bans Alcoholic Energy Drink


The ban comes after 16 students having been hospitalized with at least half of dozen involving the drink known by the nicknames “liquid cocaine” and “blackout in a can,” reports CBS 2 HD’s Kathryn Brown.

Ramapo College President Peter Mercer says his administration is worried about the high alcohol drink’s emergence on campuses.

“It’s very dangerous. Students who consume it become intoxicated very quickly, and we know it’s been banned at other colleges so we didn’t wait around for toxicology reports. We just banned it right away,” Mercer says.”It concerns us that this product is on the market because it certainly contributes to it.”

The drink comes in a 23.5 ounce can and is equal to drinking three beers, a can of Red Bull and a shot of espresso. Many of the Four Loko flavors contain 12 percent alcohol by volume, making it easy for those with even the highest level of tolerance to become intoxicated.

“I’ve seen guys—very big, who can have a high tolerance for alcohol, drink one and a half of these and not remember their entire night,” says senior Sara Rahimi.
The drinks are sold in a variety of fruit flavors, packaged inside brightly-colored cans and cost only about $2.50 each.

Junior Noah Luogameno says it’s a drink that will keep you up until the early morning.
“It makes you party all night long,” Luogameno says.

Despite its prevalence on campus, most students support the ban.

“I guess I would say I support the ban because they’ve been a dangerous drink around campus lately,” says senior Rob Talalai.

Senior Ricardo Del Carmen also supports the ban.
“I think that’s the right decision because it’s also a slash energy drink so I’m pretty sure it’s gonna hype up,” Del Carmen says.

The problem isn’t limited to college campuses though. Police say a number of Mahwah high schoolers have also gotten into trouble after drinking the potent mix of energy and alcohol.

Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli says Four Loko has been found both on and off high school campuses.
“We’re finding that the liquor stores are selling a tremendous amount. We spoke with one liquor establishment who gets 10 cases a week and sells out in a couple days and can’t get any more,” says Batelli.

He and other local officials are pushing for the state’s attorney general to investigate whether the fruity-energy-drink is being improperly marketed to underage drinkers.

The attorneys general in New York, Connecticut and California are also investigating the drink.

from http://newyork.cbslocal.com

71 comments:

  1. that is not cool, people live on that stuff when in college

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  2. i drink the hell out of them. the 12 percents ones taste gross as hell. lol the ones aroudn her are only 6 percent

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  3. haha, this drink sounds awesome.
    Wonder if we can get it in the UK

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  5. Why then hell would you drink somthing like that.

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  6. Hmm. Sounds like something I should go "investigate" thoroughly.

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  7. DCU banned energy drinks in 2009 because some kid collapsed after consuming 20 units in a day and slipped into a coma

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  8. 12% is nothing get a real drink :P

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  9. Damn! Must pack a hell of a punch.

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  10. oh come on.. what are people supposed to drink ?!

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  11. i agree they should drink water more... LMAO jk

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  12. Hmm...I didn't know it was an energy drink also. Lol.

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  13. Damn, I'm intrigued, may have to try one of these!

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  14. This is a poor mans drink. The buzz is really shitty. Get a real drink.

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  15. See, these kind of stupid drinks wouldn't even exist if the drinking laws in the states weren't so dumb. Where I'm from, you can drink at 18 and beer is sold on campus. You don't need to resort to buying novelty drinks that will get you killed from the shock of taking a sip x.x

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  16. they've been serving red bull cocktails for years with no problem...

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  17. I dont think this is going to make a big impact on college life

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  18. this story is scary
    why ppl drink stuff like that?

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  19. I take theirs if they cant have it!

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  21. Coool *_* I'd like to prove it!

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  22. i love those things
    also
    kidney stones.

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  23. I drank two and a half of these one night. Worst morning ever.

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  24. While they don't ban coffee everything is OK

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  25. is this just some gimmick to get drunk?

    shit, i'm old.

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  26. RISKY but if you need energy ASAP thats it..

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  28. I support this ban. That stuff is just not good for you.

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  29. a good example of how a few irresponsible people can screw things up for everyone. ....jackasses that can't handle their sh*t

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  30. meh... i'll stick with beer.

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  31. kids these days! (where do they sell it btw?)

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  32. Seconding what TechnoMac said. College students basically LIVE off of college and energy drinks. Putting an energy drink out there with booze mixed in is kind of... uh, sneaky? You know we're going to want to try it.

    LOL @ "Blackbout in a Can".

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  33. interesting, I like this... keep up the good work

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  34. Don't think I've seen these yet. I've been caffeine free for too long.

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  35. fuck those drinks..i want them in canada

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  36. It has alcohol and people are surprised its banned from a public place?

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  37. banning stuff is never a solution, it just makes people feel repressed...

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  39. Might as well ban drinking water, innit

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  40. haha i know from first hand account those things are not the source of the problem, its the drunk bitch drinking it. they taste really good and getcha buzzed :) so good.
    mad danks
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