The Four Loko brand of beverages has to recalculate its formulas and recipes. Four Loko manufactures a line of popular beverages that are unique because they combine alcohol and caffeine into one amazing drink that college students go crazy over. Unfortunately, the beverage has landed several people in the hospital.
It seems that the caffeine is a bad addition to the high alcohol content. Four Loko beverages contain twelve percent alcohol which makes one can equivalent to around five regular beers. Caffeine acts as a stimulant which can excite the drinker and encourage more drinking. The result is way too much alcohol in the bloodstream and the body starts to break down.
Four Loko is acting out in response to FDA rulings by pulling caffeine from their beverages. The FDA called the drinks “toxic” and has even pushed for President Obama to pass a ban on the sale of the beverages.
Four Loko has issued a statement that they will be removing the caffeine, but they maintain that the beverages are completely safe with caffeine content as long as they are not abused. Of course, Four Loko’s representatives have not acknowledged the college students that were hospitalized after drinking these beverages.
As a result, Oklahoma, Washington, Utah, and Michigan have already banned the sale of these drinks. It is expected that other states will soon follow suit. Ultimately, the decision to drink responsibly is in the hands of each individual. The government can only regulate the sale of dangerous products, but any alcoholic drink can be deadly if abused.