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October 29, 2010

Four Loko banned in college campuses; Maryland schools have no official policy on "blackout in a can"

The new boogeyman at college campuses this week is Four Loko, the caffeinated alcoholic drink that's been charmingly called "blackout in a can."

Two colleges, Central Washington University and New Jersey's Ramapo College, have banned its consumption on campus following the hospitalization of some of their students.

At the Washington school, nine freshmen were hospitalized October 8 after drinking Four Loko in combination with other types of booze.

Kids these days are such light-weights.

Four Loko, if you aren't informed, packs a punch. Just one 23 1/2-ounce contains 12 percent alcohol - and "modern day ingredients like Guarana and Taurine," as the drink's website says.

Other drinks have been demonized before, as the Seattle Weekly notes. But in light of the hospitalizations, the Los Angeles Times reports college officials and law enforcement agencies are being especially watchful of the drink made by Phusion Projects LLC.

When asked for comment, representatives for Johns Hopkins, Goucher, Loyola Maryland and University of Maryland said they have no official policy on Four Loko yet, but are monitoring the situation. 

"At this time, the University of Maryland does not have an official policy in place regarding the consumption of Four Loko on campus. The product is not sold at the University," said Beth Cavanaugh, spokeswoman.

"As always, we encourage students of legal drinking age to make responsible decisions regarding alcohol consumption. We are currently reminding all of our students to be mindful of what is in the alcoholic beverages that they choose to consume. In the case of Four Loko, one can is equivalent to several beers and several cups of coffee; this makes for a dangerous combination. We want to make sure that our students are aware of this and think carefully about their decisions regarding alcohol and its use especially when combined with caffeine."

Tracey Reeves, spokeswoman for Johns Hopkins: "We know of no action on our campus similar to that taken on other campuses relative to the Four Loko drink."

Courtney Jolley, spokeswoman for the Loyola University Maryland: "While we do not sell alcohol of any kind on campus or allow drinking by students who are underage, we don't have a specific policy regarding these products. That being said, we are aware of the rising concerns surrounding their risks, and are considering developing a policy specifically addressing caffeinated energy drinks when preparing next year's student life policies."

Kristen Keener, Goucher spokeswoman: "Goucher does not have a specific policy addressing the consumption of caffeinated alcohol beverages on campus. This issue would fall under the general alcohol policy - students of legal drinking age permitted to consume these and other alcoholic beverages in their rooms in the residence halls, but not in public areas. Also, no alcoholic beverages are sold on Goucher's campus"

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Posted by Erik Maza at 3:50 PM | | Comments (17)
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four lokos are the shitttttttttttttttttt

He must have passed out before he could finish the sentence...

Cue resurgence of ridiculous ban attempts by state legislators on "Alcopops"

Underage drinking is also banned on campus and that doesn't seem to prevent students from drinking.

Stock tip of the day, buy Phusion Projects, Inc. Banning Four Loco will triple their sales on campuses nation wide.

Alcospeed is hurting the youth of our nation. My organization, Think Before You Drink is doing our best to stand up for the health of consumers. Please sign our petition.

Meh...this stuff is nasty. As underage kids we drank cheap crappy booze too. MD 20/20, Cisco, Boones, Olde English, etc. Most of us learned fast that if you drank a ton of cheap and crappy booze you would get sick and act like a moron. As long as alcohol is treated the way it is in our society, this will keep up. Grown adults are expected to avoid booze from age 18 until age 21 when they are magically supposed to be able to learn it all. I think the real issue is the mixed message we send about booze.

FourLOKO + Ice Cream = FloatLOKO

No one force these college students to drink. All alcoholic beverages should be banned. Alcohol can damage parts of the bodies if drank excessively. I purchase 2 cans of Four Loko. One day I had the grape favorite and two days later I try the lemonade favorite. It did not make me sick. I could feel the effect of Four Loko and it wasn't a bad effect. I wanted to see what all the hype was about this drink. Some freshmen should not be drinking because some are "underage". That say alot for the colleges.

Some college students pop pills excessively. Are the poeple who are trying to ban Four Loko going to get pills ban too. The colleges that are spoken about in the news article sounds like hick colleges (hillbillies).

I hear Five Loko is pretty delicious!

if college kids were smart, theyd just drink some coffee with it

The ban is idiotic. There's nothing in it that isn't safe in moderation even for kids

You advocate alcohol & caffeine 4 kids, Charm City Moms? You should be in jail.

How is it that just anybody can write a blog and get as popular as this? Its not like youve said anything incredibly impressive –more like youve painted a pretty picture over an issue that you know nothing about! I dont want to sound mean, here. But do you really think that you can get away with adding some pretty pictures and not really say anything?
Business Loans

How is it that just anybody can write a blog and get as popular as this? Its not like youve said anything incredibly impressive –more l

e –more like youve painted a pretty picture over an issue that you know nothing about! I dont want to sound mean, here. But do you really think that you can get away with adding some pretty pictures and not really say anything?

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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