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Four Loko: Cause of Several to be Hospitalized

A high-alcohol energy drink is the culprit for what made students ill at an off-campus party at Central Washington University. This has resulted in the state Attorney General to ask for a ban on the drink.

Nine students ended up in the hospital from the October 8th party. About 50 students had been drinking at the party. Some had blood alcohol levels ranging from 0.12 percent to 0.35 percent after drinking cans of Four Loko. Other students at the party mixed Four Loko with more alcohol.

Attorney General Rob McKenna said he would try to get a ban of caffeinated alcoholic drinks like Four Loko. A previous proposal did not make it through the state Legislature.

“It’s time to bring an end to the sale of alcoholic energy drinks,” McKenna said. “They’re marketed to kids by using fruit flavors that mask the taste of alcohol, and they have such high levels of stimulants that people have no idea how inebriated they really are.”

McKenna said he wants to lead a nationwide effort to restrict the sales of these drinks.

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