High-alcohol energy drinks: ‘Blackout in a can’

The FDA is investigating the safety of high-caffeine, high-alcohol drinks following the hospitalization of nine college freshman, reports Newser’s Nick McMaster.

The Central Washington University students were treated for alcohol poisoning after drinking Four Loko, a spiked energy drink that delivers a potent mix of stimulants and booze.

The drink comes in 23.5-ounce cans and has an alcohol content equivalent to four beers. The fact that Four Loko is cheap (generally less than $3 per can), carbonated and available in a variety of fruity flavors has made it popular with underage drinkers.

Click here to read McMaster’s article in Newser.

Click here to read official statements issued by Phusion — the makers of Four Loko — regarding the incidents at Central Washington University.

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