Mad about Four Loko

posted at 8:48 am on November 27, 2010 by Fausta Wertz

Might be worthwhile to see if one can buy Four Loko stock – the drink’s about to reach cult status:

A fizzy drink with alcohol and coffee, Four Loko has some people mad,

The drink has earned a bad rap in recent months. Local media outlets have reported that empty Four Loko cans have been found at the scene of car accidents and near raucous college parties that left students filling hospital beds. State attorneys general around the country have moved to ban the drink; New York Sen. Charles Schumer called on his state to get rid of it; and the FDA sent warning letters to companies that sell the product. Advocates against the drink say that the mix of caffeine and alcohol are dangerous and they accuse the manufacturers of marketing the products to children.

The folks leading the anti-Four Loko campaign believe that they have the duty to prevent you from buying prepackaged drinks that put alcohol in your caffeine:

“We find them to be of no redeeming value whatsoever. We are asking the FDA to intervene because they have the ability to say caffeine should not be an ingredient in an alcoholic beverage.”

Adding to the silliness of it all, Rum and Cokes, White Russians, Irish Coffee, Vodka Red Bull, and that medicinal shot of bourbon your elderly aunt throws in her jhot toddy every so often, however, ought to be safe even when they contain caffeine and alcohol, “Because you can only do it in a bar or in the comfort of your own home.”

Kind of like sex, only in a glass?

Cross-posted at Fausta’s blog


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Love me some JägerBombs!

OmahaConservative on November 27, 2010 at 8:54 AM

News flash:
FDA to announce that “happy hour” will be reduced to 10 minutes.

Electrongod on November 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Must be a painful hangover due to the accelerated dehydration.

LankyLou on November 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM

I’ve spoken with too many people lately that have basically fallen for the hype and paranoia on this issue. Some seem to think that this combo has magical powers that make normal people suddenly unaware that they are getting alcohol poisoning.

It’s far too easy to manipulate the public.

Asher on November 27, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Nothing says “Individual Liberty” like low-grade speedball.

Inanemergencydial on November 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Local media outlets have reported that empty Four Loko cans have been found at the scene of car accidents and near raucous college parties that left students filling hospital beds.

On a totally unrelated story;
“Empty bullet shells have been found at the scene of drive-bys and other murderous locations leaving victims in hospital beds.”

We’ve got our first lead.

Electrongod on November 27, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Hmmm, alcohol and caffeine.

I’m going to have to ponder that while I enjoy my Irish coffee this morning.

there it is on November 27, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Nothing says “Individual Liberty” like low-grade speedball.

Inanemergencydial on November 27, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Nothing says hyperbole like comparing the equivalent of a Zima and a cup of coffee to narcotics.

Asher on November 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

I worked in an ER in a big ten university town. We would get all these alcohol poisonings during home football games. Therefore, it is logical to ban football.

Blake on November 27, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I worked in an ER in a big ten university town. We would get all these alcohol poisonings during home football games. Therefore, it is logical to ban football.

Blake on November 27, 2010 at 9:19 AM

Actually, Jim, the logical solution is to ban college.

geckomon on November 27, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Sure, there have already been half a dozen headlines posts on this exact topic. So let’s by all means make yet another one on the main page…

AngusMc on November 27, 2010 at 9:24 AM

AngusMc on November 27, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Ok, who swiped his can?

geckomon on November 27, 2010 at 9:27 AM

Well, since Irish coffee and rum cokes are my two favorite drinks I have something to be truly thankful for this Thanksgiving. I can still make them at home(or buy in a bar but they are pricey) and mine are way, way, way better than the commercial drinks. I wonder what old Chuckie drinks? Someone should tell him that we need protection from the likes of him, not from ourselves.

jeanie on November 27, 2010 at 9:30 AM

All I’m saying is it doesn’t make sense to have guest bloggers who post about things that have already been posted by regular bloggers before. This is an old, already covered topic.

Allah’s front page post from 11/17
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/11/17/good-news-feds-to-ban-caffeinated-alcoholic-drinks-for-some-reason/

Ed’s front page post from 11/18
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/11/18/fda-to-block-sales-of-alcoholic-drinks-with-caffeine/

AngusMc on November 27, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Sure, there have already been half a dozen headlines posts on this exact topic. So let’s by all means make yet another one on the main page…

AngusMc on November 27, 2010 at 9:24 AM
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Have an Irish coffee and read a good book.

LankyLou on November 27, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Asher on November 27, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Nothing says hyperbole like comparing the equivalent of a Zima and a cup of coffee to narcotics.

Nothing says understatement like equating the equivalent of 4 cups of coffee and four beers to a single cup of coffee and a sissy drink.

Just sayin…although I do agree that government shouldn’t be getting involved here. Lord knows I’d be P.O.’ed if they got anywhere near my favorite bourbon barrel stout with its 13% alcohol.

ynot4tony2 on November 27, 2010 at 10:01 AM

AngusMc on November 27, 2010 at 9:42 AM

All I’m saying is it doesn’t make sense to have guest bloggers who post about things that have already been posted by regular bloggers before. This is an old, already covered topic.

Allah’s front page post from 11/17
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/11/17/good-news-feds-to-ban-caffeinated-alcoholic-drinks-for-some-reason/

Ed’s front page post from 11/18
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/11/18/fda-to-block-sales-of-alcoholic-drinks-with-caffeine/

So…you take the guest blogger to task, but not Ed?

ynot4tony2 on November 27, 2010 at 10:02 AM

AngusMc on November 27, 2010 at 9:42 AM
All I’m saying is it doesn’t make sense to have guest bloggers who post about things that have already been posted by regular bloggers before. This is an old, already covered topic.

I’ll drink to that, Angus.
Keep in mind that blog posts are like streetcars. There’s always the next one coming down the corner. Now go search the archives on that topic.

Fausta Wertz on November 27, 2010 at 10:08 AM

It’s the beginning of the holiday season and there can not be enough posts on alcoholic drinks. burp

Keep them coming.

I knew people who made their own Kahlua as Christmas gifts. Maybe, a new tradition will be making homemade Four Loko? Let’s trade recipes!

Blake on November 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Advocates against the drink say that the mix of caffeine and alcohol are dangerous and they accuse the manufacturers of marketing the products to children.

Since when are the majority of college students children. Beware of the tyranny of the do-gooders they will take their boots and step on your face forever.

chemman on November 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Since when are the majority of college students children.

chemman on November 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM

ObamaCare.

Electrongod on November 27, 2010 at 10:40 AM

When Four Loco is banned it will continue to be available Wednesday evenings @ The White House.

BHO Jonestown on November 27, 2010 at 11:08 AM

My first drink ever was a rum and coke. Oh the horror!!! eleventy!!

aikidoka on November 27, 2010 at 11:22 AM

I see no reason to try it. I like alcohol and I like coffee. I drink them for different reasons. To combine them is, well…just showing off.

Extrafishy on November 27, 2010 at 11:27 AM

“We find them to be of no redeeming value whatsoever.”

If this is the government’s new standard for rule making 90% of all books, movies, and recordings should be banned.

In the course of reviewing funding, I hope the GOP has each agency head testify in committee in order to ask them a question.

What what product or activity is your agency unable to ban and or regulate?

chimney sweep on November 27, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Can we ban STUPID?

~~~~sigh~~~~

I didn’t think so.

Bloody shame, that.

hillbillyjim on November 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM

We find them to be of no redeeming value whatsoever.

Who gives a shit what “we” thinks about anything? I wonder what “we” finds redeemable about anal sex. There must be something redeemable, ‘cuz they haven’t banned or sent out letters to stop it.

BobMbx on November 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Actually, Jim, the logical solution is to ban college children.

geckomon on November 27, 2010 at 9:23 AM

FIFY. And libs are way ahead on that idea.

BobMbx on November 27, 2010 at 1:15 PM

I am SO thankful the government is going to get rid of that awful LOKO thing.

Then there will be no more drunk people.

No more alcohol-related deaths or injuries for our precious college students, no more alcohol-related traffic accidents, no more alcohol-fueled domestic violence, no more drunk people in emergency rooms.

What a wonderful world it will be. Hallelujah!!

Next, we need to get rid of that other stuff. I mean, what’s the “redeeming value” of 6 martini’s after all? I just don’t think getting s***-faced is a good idea and we’d be better off if the government banned it.

Thank you, Mein Fuhrer.

IndieDogg on November 27, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Well I was against banning it because it isn’t up to the government to tell us what is and isn’t dangerous. What’s the difference between Four Loko and having several glasses of wine at dinner with a cup of espresso at the end? Smae difference right?

Also, having actually tried Four Loko I have to say the accusation that it encourages binge drinking is also false. That stuff tastes so nasty that I couldn’t finish a single can, let alone drink that stuff and drink more on top of it.

Maybe they should ban it because it tastes awful and people still drink it. I could support that.

Rightwingguy on November 27, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Yup… It’s caffeine that is the problem. I knew it. (sips from a hot mug o joe… ahhh).
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I’m just glad to find out that it’s not the fault of the idiots who are drinking that Loko, or smokin weed, or even shootin dope for the matter…
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Remember… It’s not drunk drivers who kill people… It’s their cars.
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And as Rush always says… ‘An SUV lost control on the freeway today, killing…”
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RalphyBoy on November 27, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Yeah they just banned it here in Washington. Pathetic.

amkun on November 27, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Already stockpiling for a Four Loko NYE party.

aic4ever on November 27, 2010 at 8:17 PM

empty Four Loko cans have been found at the scene of car accidents

Uh-huh. And so have empty coffee cups, Pepsi bottles, cigarette butts and used condoms. So – does that mean that coffee, Pepsi, cigarettes and safe sex cause car accidents?

uncivilized on November 27, 2010 at 8:45 PM

So – does that mean that coffee, Pepsi, cigarettes and safe sex cause car accidents?

uncivilized

if you can drive the car accident-free while doing all that, you’re …special.

audiculous on November 27, 2010 at 10:32 PM

I knew people who made their own Kahlua as Christmas gifts. Maybe, a new tradition will be making homemade Four Loko? Let’s trade recipes!

Blake on November 27, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Rightwingguy’s recipe:

2 Parts grain alcohol
2 Parts vodka where the smallest size available is a one liter plastic bottle
3 Parts Hawaiian punch
1 Part of water squeezed from those rags busboys wipe your table with.

Season with Syrup of Ipecac to taste

Let sit in a warm place for a month

Enjoy!

Rightwingguy on November 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Does the FDA have the authority to ban alcoholic drinks?

roux on November 29, 2010 at 12:04 PM