Reporters seeking Four Loko drinkers, concerned parents

Reporters Craig Schneider and Katie Leslie are working on a story about caffeinated alcohol beverages and they are looking for parents who may be concerned about those drinks. Four Loko is an example of this type of drink. Here is a story on the drinks.

The CABs are often marketed to young drinkers, are fruity tasting and have “youthful” packaging. The FDA is targeting these products as unsafe and on Wednesday told Four Loko and three other makers of similar products to stop distributing the drinks within two weeks. The agency considers them unsafe and possibly illegal.

If you are a parent concerned about these caffeinated alcohol beverages, please contact Katie  at kleslie@ajc or 404-526-5969. Their deadline is today.

We can also discuss the drinks here. Is your college student or young adult drinking Four Loko or similar drinks? What are the affects of the drink? Do you think the FDA should be involved? Should it be pulled? Should it be illegal?

– by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, Momania blog

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JJ

November 19th, 2010
12:47 pm

I’ve never heard of this. But I did text my daughter to see if she knows anything about it.

fred

November 19th, 2010
1:27 pm

They are alcoholic drinks stronger than beer but less strong than wine with added caffeine. I do not think that they should be made illegal. There is a strong case to be made that beer advertisers also target youth in their advertising. remember spuds mackenzie? I do think that the kids who drink this are not aware of just how strong it is. drinking 2 cans of this stuff is the equivalent of drinking a whole bottle of wine. I think that the danger comes in the added caffiene. One can has the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee. so after 2 cans (costing about $5) you have had the equivalent of a bottle of wine and a full pot of coffee! Yikes!
I see the issue mostly being that after 2 cans of beer, most of us are OK to drive, however after 2 cans of 4loco we most definatly would not be, however due to the caffeine a user might think that they are.
We have seen several of the cans at our school, so they do appeal to the younger crowd.

JJ

November 19th, 2010
1:50 pm

Sounds like RedBull with alcohol. No thanks….

Hannah

November 19th, 2010
2:57 pm

As a 21 year old, I’ve never tried one, because I like my alcohol to taste good and I’ve heard it’s disgusting, but my friends who have tried it say that they get drunk faster from it than anything else. That’s not a good sign. For it to cause blackouts the way it does, the FDA definitely should be involved and it should definitely be pulled from shelves.

deidre_NC

November 19th, 2010
4:02 pm

@jj thats pretty much what it is…i know of red bull parties (given by red bull) where the thing was to mix red bull with alcohol..bad combo. my kids knows the dangers and thinks its stupid. i agree that it should be taken off the market. im sure it will become like everything else that is prohibited, there will be a black market for it.

mom2alex&max

November 19th, 2010
5:24 pm

What;s stopping anyone know from drinking current alcohol products and mixing them with caffeine??? Like deidre said, we already have “red bull parties”.

I wouldn’t try this product, and even though I am in general a proponent of govt rules (i.e. seat belts, car seats, etc) getting so worked up over it seems silly.

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justmy2cents

November 20th, 2010
12:32 pm

My neighbor’s kids are in college and her daughter’s roomie bought one of these while standing in line to get in a club. Shortly after she finished drinking it, she felt ill, and they took her home. She spent the night puking and ended up in the hospital….and that was only after having ONE. They call them blackout in a can. College kids are known to go for the cheap drunk, and it would appear this satisfies the requirements, but can be dangerous.

mom of 3

November 20th, 2010
2:28 pm

Why don’t we just quit being resposible for anything and just let the government handle every aspect of your children, teenagers, young adults, adults, and senior citizens?
Some probably actually need the help because they want to blame someone else for their stupidity. But as for me, I would rather make my own mistakes and learn from them. So please leave my life alone.

stop breeding!

November 21st, 2010
9:35 am

Thank God the FDA is targeting these drinks as possibly unsafe. Until that happens I dont have the ability to determine that they are bad and I might let my kids drink them. I had kids but I really dont know what I’m doing so I rely on the internet and the governemnt to tell me how to raise them, oh, and I totally write a blog about it!