Wednesday, November 17, 2010

To Ban or Not to Ban...

Alcoholic Energy Drinks, such as Four Loko, have already been banned in Washington state after nine Central Washington University students were hospitalized after reportedly drinking the caffeinated malt liquor beverage. Serious concerns about the health risks these types of drinks may cause have grown nation wide. In addition to Washington, four other states, New York, Utah, Michigan and Oklahoma, have taken steps to remove alcoholic energy drinks from store shelves.

Oregon officials are considering applying a similar ban and would like the the Food and Drug Administration to issue an expedited ruling on the safety of the ever-so-popular alcoholic-caffeinated energy drinks.

Has anyone tried what's often referred to as "black out in a can"? Did you enjoy it? Did you feel any unpleasant affects? What do you guys think - should these types of drinks be banned in Oregon? Please share your experiences and opinions with DRG.


  1. A ban is inappropriate in my opinion...but the pragmatic side of me thinks about the cost of hospitalizing those students who could very well not have health insurance. Is this a good time to mention how hard it is to O.D. on pot?

  2. I have a difficult time putting the words "the," "government," "should" and "ban" together in reference to anything that isn't blatantly horribly destructive to huge numbers of people. I believe that people who drink such concoctions do so freely and with full knowledge that they'll likely get stupid trashed. And that's likely their goal.

  3. It still does not stop them from redbull and vodka which I hear has the same effect, I am sure that is why they came up with the product.