Regulators warn on "blackout in a can" drinks

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ByronicHero wrote:

> Four Loko, which comes in fruit flavors and brightly colored cans, is 12 percent alcohol.

This is incorrect and the sentences is structured in a bias fashion.

1. The alcohol content of FourLoco varies based on state regulations regarding alcohol content by volume. It’s 6% in TN. It’s 6% in NC. The alcohol content varies state-to-state.

2. “brightly colored cans” and “fruit flavors” indicate that you are alluding to a potential market for children without saying that. Smooth.

Nov 17, 2010 3:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
chezjuan wrote:

Are they going to outlaw Rum and Coke now?

Nov 17, 2010 3:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
bold_khan wrote:

Quote: Consumers might mistakenly assume that these beverages are safe because they are widely sold: End-Quote

Ok. Why aren’t cigarettes banned? Same argument, different product.

Nov 17, 2010 3:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SonicThreat wrote:

Duuuuuude. I already pointed out on another site what a giant waste of resources even addressing this non-issue is. How many Jack and Coke drinks are poured every day? What about Red Bull and Jager. So how is premixing alcohol and caffeine any different that going to a bar and ordering a MIXED DRINK? This is pissing me off because our elected or appointed officials are spending their limited time and our valuable money addressing non-issues. So which beverage company has put $$ into the FDA to try and halt these “new” drinks. What type of integrity, rather lack of, do you have when you seek a public/government position and then allow your focus while there to be bought by any company that come around with money in hand?

Nov 17, 2010 3:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rminrx8 wrote:

In my opinion I believe the FDA is out of control. These drinks are not dangerous at all. Students who have been drinking these 4lokos are students who do not know how to handle themselves. I my self drink 4 lokos all the time and I have not had an issue. If anything, the companies should write up a warning label.

Nov 17, 2010 4:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jondavid wrote:

there’s countless studies out there about red bull mixed with alcohol and the negatives (google stanford university + redbull + vodka) large doses of caffeine delay the response of alcohol, leaving the consumer to drink more.

responsible companies know the data is out there and only care about making a buck. i’m not sure regulation is the answer however we pay one way or another. someone mentioned cigarettes; who do you think pays for all these people with health issues from cigarettes?

Nov 17, 2010 4:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
p01nt wrote:

I agree with the previous posts. It’s outrageous that this witch hunt is allowed to continue. ByronicHero you’re correct, Coke has caffeine in it, and some poor guy died of a caffeine overdose just last week. Everybody knows that too much alcohol can kill you, yet no one is outraged over that. Besides everyone will just turn to mixing RedBull with their favorite alcoholic beverage.

Nov 17, 2010 4:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
pnishr wrote:

“please, Nanny-state, protect me from myself!!!!”

More evidence of an out-of-control government at work. I think the manufacturers should refuse to change anything and make the govt. sue them. It’s ridiculous that our tax dollars are spent on this type of intrusion into the market and individual choice. I may go buy some tonight just as a protest.

Nov 17, 2010 5:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
doctorjay317 wrote:


“Ok. Why aren’t cigarettes banned? Same argument, different product.”

Simple. Tobacco taxes are just too juicy to ignore.

So you can smoke till your lungs disappear and Uncle Sam won’t bat an eye.

Nov 17, 2010 9:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Hopefully the drinks sterilize you if they don’t kill you. If you drink any of the above-mentioned drinks, congratulations, you’re either 16 years old (and a moron), or just a plain, old-fashioned loser. This marketing gimmick in a can is the MD 20/20 of Generation Stupid.

Come on guys, the mean old government is trying to harsh your raging buzz, dude. Stand up and fight the suits in Washington!!

Now which one of you staunch defenders will have your mother killed in a DUI accident first? Anyone?

Nov 17, 2010 11:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tadchem wrote:

As a Irish-American I must protest this as a racist ban on Irish coffee.

Nov 18, 2010 9:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
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