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According to the New York Times, the company that produces Four Loko is going to remove the caffeine and two other ingredients from the drink, due to the complaints of the high levels of the stimulant combined with alcohol.
The reasoning for the removal came after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) completed an investigation on the drink. “We are taking this step after trying to navigate a difficult and politically-charged regulatory environment at both the state and federal levels,” according to a statement by the maker of Four Loko, Phusion Projects.
Not only has Four Loko have been under the radar but others drinks similar to the product that come in colorful 23.5 ounce cans. Young people, I’m assuming college aged and younger is getting sick with the blend of alcohol and caffeine, which I think means that these people can’t handle their alcohol.
According to doctors, these drinks are considered dangerous because the caffeine masks the effects of the alcohol. In the case of Four Loko, it has an alcohol content of 12 percent and the caffeine amount equivalent to at least a cup of coffee.
Not only is Four Loko being banned statewide but now the components of the drink that make you go balls-to-the-wall are now being removed. I guess you can still get drunk and be content with that.