Dangerous Duo

January 2011
State Legislatures;Jan2011, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p10
The article reports on concerns raised against the alcoholic energy drinks Four Loko and Joose. Referred to as "blackout in a can," these drinks contain caffeine and alcohol ranging from 6% to 12.5%, causing young people to black out or injure themselves. On November 17, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that the caffeine added to these alcoholic drinks is an unsafe food additive. Phusion, the maker of Four Loko said it intends to remove caffeine from products, although it believes that the caffeine and alcohol combination is safe.


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