The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned four companies that their caffeinated alcoholic beverages have brought about several health concerns and could be seized under federal law. It was reported that government officials in several states have began taking action towards banning some alcoholic energy drinks from stores. The caffeine level in the drinks can mask the effects of alcohol, not allowing drinkers to recognize the amount of alcohol that has been consumed.
Some say that consuming one Four Loko is equivalent to consuming a few cups of coffee and a few beers. The FDA began to research this drink in 2009, and the research went into overdrive in October when nine underage students at a university in Washington were hospitalized after consuming Four Loko along with mixed drinks. Officials advise consumers to drink responsibly, and that mixing these drinks may not be in your best interest because there is no way to tell when enough is enough.
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