It was a case of a perfectly healthy teenager being brought to an emergency room of Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, suffering a heart attack. When he recovered, he told the doctors that he was drinking Four Loko.
Four Loko , also called a “blackout in a can” is a fruity liquor that contains 12 percent of alcohol and caffeine. Those amounts are said to be an equivalent of SIX beers and three shots of espresso (super strong coffee) in ONE drink! Four Loko gets its name from the four kinds of stimulants it uses: caffeine, taurine, guarana and wormwood, the active ingredient in absinthe. Moreover it is distributed in large, 23 ounce cans. Yep, it definitely has “the power”.
Similar cases of teens passing out after drinking Four Loko have been reported throughout the US. In one case, at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J., six students were rushed to the hospital. The average level of alcohol in their blood was 40, where level 40-60 is found fatal.
In response to those cases, the officials warn against drinking Four Loko excessively, pointing out how dangerous mixing vodka and caffeine is. On the other hand, such “mixture” is nothing new – people have long been mixing for instance rum and coke or Red Bull and vodka.
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