According to the Daily Mail Reporter, Washington state has implemented an immediate ban of the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko. The reason for the ban is due to nine students who got highly intoxicated on the beverage and had to be hospitalized last month.
Since there’s a state wide ban, all retailers have a week to clear their shelves of the drink. Governor Christine Gregoire who requested the ban said that a strong caffeine and alcohol combination could encourage people to drink over the limit. Gregoire was concerned that the drink masks alcohol’s depressant effects with the high level of caffeine, hence being a lethal mix.
Also, some universities have banned Four Lokos from their campus after the drink drew national attention of a girl nearly dying and a dozen students from Central Washington University were rushed to the hospital last month.
Four Loko is made up of caffeine, guarana, taurine and alcohol and combination of a stimulant and a depressant not only puts strain to the body but can make you not feel the effects of alcohol.