Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Massachusetts is on a roll when it comes to banning substances. In September, we reported on a push to ban K2, a synthetic drug that’s supposed to mimic the high of marijuana (but apparently does a poor job of it). Now the state has caffeinated malt liquor drink Four Loko in its sights.
Four Loko contains 12% alcohol by volume, is packed with caffeine, taurine, guarana and sugar, and is sold in 23.5 oz cans. The drink has earned a sort of cult following because drinkers tend to have experiences like this:
One night I drank two cans of Four Loko and I remember sitting in a hot tub then sitting at a Subway restaurant hitting my head against the table yelling, “This is my nightmare. This is my hell”, then giving a homeless man a high five instead of change, and that was the last thing I remembered. The next morning I woke up soaking wet in the back of a Ford escort by myself shoeless outside of an apartment complex that I lived at two years ago. —fourlokostories.com
I had four four lokos and next thing i knew, I was in a hospital with food poisoning from eating a whole package of raw chicken breast…
(Most of the stories on the site are pretty gross, so explore carefully.)
According to NPR, one can of Four Loko contains as much alcohol as a bottle of wine and as much caffeine as a six-pack of Diet Coke.
The drink has already been banned in Utah, with other legislation pending in Washington, Oklahoma, Michigan and New York. Along with Massachusetts, Maryland is also weighing a ban.
If you’re loco for Four Loko, the time to stock up is now.
Non-drug related content to come later today.
Update: The Feds might get to a nation-wide ban before the state does. According to other reports, the FDA could rule on Four Loko by the end of this week.