Four Loko Alcoholic Energy Drinks Blamed for Hospitalization of College Students

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Four Loko, an alcohol and caffeine mixed beverage, is being blamed for dozens of Central Washington University students becaming ill and nine being hospitalized after the students admitted they drank the beverage.

These drinks have long been scrutinized because they are believed to be unsafe and improperly marketed to young demographics.

Ken Brigs, head of Physical Education and Public Health at Central Washington University tells the Los Angeles Times, "Essentially what you have is you have about a six pack of beer… and five cups of coffee in one of these cans."

The FDA launched an investigation about a year ago into the safety of these types of caffeinated alcohol products, but they have yet to release any findings to the public.

Some college campuses have banned these beverages, but targeting one alcoholic beverage will not curb rampant alcohol abuse on college campuses.

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