by the Left Coast Rebel
Lock up the kids, there's something new out there for parents to worry about:
Mixing alcohol and caffeine is hardly a new concept, but a rash of cases involving students and others who landed at hospitals after drinking beverages that combine the two in a single large can has alarmed college and health officials around the country.
The drinks are dangerous, doctors say, because the caffeine masks the effects of the alcohol, keeping consumers from realizing just how intoxicated they are.
A brand called Four Loko — a fruit-flavored malt beverage that has an alcohol content of 12 percent and as much caffeine as a cup of coffee — has come under particular scrutiny after students who drank it this fall at Ramapo College in New Jersey and Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., ended up in emergency rooms, some with high levels of alcohol poisoning.
There's more at the New York Times. Aside from how incredibly disgusting the Four Loko drink sounds, it never ceases to amaze just what teens will put into their bodies. And unlike the statist busy-bodies that the NYT cites at the FDA and congress (Schumer, et al.), I don't think this drink or anything like it should be 'banned'. One can easily assume that the toxic straw man 'booze + caffeine' could be easily concocted with home ingredients. Anyone ever heard of Redbull + vodka? Or even the timeless rum and Coke mix? Yes, both have ample amounts of caffeine.
The key to keeping kids from getting in trouble with substances across the board is education, a good upbringing, getting God back in with the God-less and perhaps good old-fashioned getting sick-as-a-dog off one of these things (or some other cocktail).
It worked for me with Whiskey as a (somewhat) youngster - I still can't stand the stuff.
Updated: Classical Values writes on the subject as well.