Dangers of Energy Drinks four Loko

Colleges across America battle influences of alcohol upon their campuses on a regular basis.  Though other drugs make their way into the fraternity and sorority house parties, the main drug culprit on college campuses continues to be alcohol. According to the website “White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, “Alcohol and other drug use is a factor in many accidents, injuries, vandalism, and crime on campuses and is frequently a key factor when students encounter problems with their coursework.” Beer and other liquors promote potential hazards on our university campuses, and now a new drink threatens to be even a greater menace for college administrators.

College officials across America are expressing concern over an energy drink called “Four Loko.” Dubbed “liquid cocaine” by some users, this high energy drink is comprised of 12 percent alcohol. Packaged in a can similar to other energy beverages, this drink costs little and packs quite a punch, making the product popular with those wanting a quick buzz. Fruity flavors such as watermelon and grape add to the drink’s popularity and drink-ability.

Several colleges have already banned the product from their campuses because of dangerous consequences. The President of Ramapo College in New Jersey chose to ban the drink because several students ended up in the local emergency room. “Four Loko’s” packs 12 percent alcohol in a 23.5 ounce can. Depending upon the source, “Four Loko” is the equivalent of drinking three to five 12 ounce beers.

College students intent on “having a good time” fail to recognize the risks of downing a can of “Four Loko”.  Dr. Manny Alvarez, a Fox News contributor, states that a mixture of caffeine and alcohol is a recipe for disaster. He says, “You have to understand that caffeine reduces the drowsy feeling of being intoxicated, so people tend to drink more.” Drinking more “Four Loko’s” leads to devastating consequences. Downing multiple “Four Loko” beverages may lead to people experiencing another of its nicknames, “blackout in a can.”

Disguised in a container eerily similar to other high energy drinks, “Four Loko” tempts underage drinkers to indulge. College students and teenagers alike consider “Four Loko” to be a big “bang for the buck.” Stores carrying the product sell the drink for under $3.

Though other energy drinks can lead to medical problems, mixing alcohol and caffeine sets one up for a potential lethal combination.

 Sources:  Reading Eagle, My Fox New York

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