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October 26th, 2010
08:17 AM ET

'Black-out in a can"?

(CNN) - Nine Central Washington University students hospitalized this month after an off-campus party were sickened by "Four Loko," a caffeinated malt liquor also known as "blackout in a can," according to a police investigation.

Investigators concluded that none of the students were drugged or given alcohol without their knowledge and no sexual assaults occurred, according to a school statement.

The findings convinced university President James Gaudino to ban "alcohol energy drinks" from his campus. CNN's senior medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen discussed the concerns raised over the drink.


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  1. Lynette

    I am a 36 year mother of four and I totally disagree with blaming the makers of Four loko for these stupid college kids choice of getting drunk. It clearly states on the can in bold letters that it contains 12% alcohol, so why would anyone consume so much of it so that you have to go to the hospital. And how many cans did each student consume, because I drank one can last night and I was not out of mind, nor did I black out, or anything like that. I got up this morning and went to work with no problem. All I can say is some things are not for everybody, especially kids. The intent of selling alcohol is for people to drink responsibly, and not to get drunk. The fact that those students chose to drink Four Loko to get drunk was no different than choosing to drink any other hard liquor. People need to grow up and take responsibility for their own actions and stop blaming society for their stupid mistakes. People die from cigarette smoke everyday but nobody is banning cigarettes. Come on people move on to the real problems of this society.

    October 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  2. greg

    I'm a 21-year-old male, in college, and know the dangers associated with drinking alcohol, but it is my choice to get drunk, it is my choice to drink Four Loko and if I were to wind up in the hospital, drunk tank, or the 3rd hole of a golf course 6 miles from campus at 3 am...that is because of my idiocy and my decisions. I will never and have never blamed alcohol manufacturers for my drunken antics, they make the warnings known. It would be no different than if I were to take a turn in my truck at 45 mph and rolled it, even though it says there is a high rollover risk. I made the incredibly unwise choice to do that. It is time for personal accountability by people for the decisions they make, no matter their race, sex or (reasonable) age.

    October 26, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  3. howie

    its clear.... college age students and others are looking to stimulate themselves... its been that way forever and will way into our future... so does it not make sense to give them an alternative that is safer then aspirin?? unlike this product and others, marijuana has never caused not 1 overdose in over 10,000 years... not 1 death and is by far more healthy then tobacco alcohol or caffeine... rethink the laws.. and offer safer alternatives, because you will not stop people from altering their mental state... its bound to increase as we slide into the ditch further...

    October 26, 2010 at 8:32 am |