Many of you may have seen the recent news story about Four Loko, a high-alcohol energy drink that caused a pretty big scare at an off-campus party at Central Washington University (CWU). Nine students were so intoxicated that investigators thought they had been drugged, but it turned out they had all consumed Four Loko. Mixing caffeine and alcohol is becoming more and more popular, but there are some serious risks involved that everyone should know about.
Here are some of the dangerous effects of drinking alcohol with caffeine, according to a University of Florida study:
While I'm glad that this issue is gaining more attention, it came with a high price. Nine students were in serious danger, and just one more drink could have led to irreversible consequences. I hope that the government moves quickly on this issue and does all that it can to address the risks that these drinks pose.