Drinking one Four Loko is like drinking ...
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Tuesday that federal regulators plan to rule it is unsafe to add caffeine to alcoholic beverages, "effectively making products such as Four Loko, Joose and others like them, prohibited for sale." (Read more on the Post's health blog, The Checkup.)
As alcoholic energy drinks have dominated college news lately, here's a question that keeps popping up: How do you accurately describe the amount of alcohol and caffeine in a 23.5-ounce can of Four Loko? What can we possibly compare it to?
Here are some of the comparisons floating around right now ...
"Four Loko has roughly the same alcohol content as wine and some craft beers ... A can of Four Loko also has roughly the same amount of caffeine as a tall Starbucks coffee."
-- Four Loko manufacturer, Phusion Projects, in a statement
"Three beers, a can of Red Bull and a large espresso."
-- Inside Higher Ed article
"A cup of coffee with three beers."
-- Yale Daily News article
"Comparable to drinking five or six beers."
-- Howard University public safety alert
"Five standard drinks, and three to four cans of Coke."
-- Catholic University Associate Dean of Students Kathryn M. Jennings
"The equivalence of 4.7 standard drinks in a single can."
-- NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Web site
"One can is equivalent to several beers and several cups of coffee."
-- University of Maryland statement
"If you have one, it's like the perfect pregame in a can. Two of those, with the alcohol content, is like drinking 12 beers."
-- University of Maryland senior civil engineering major quoted in a Diamondback article
"Nearly the equivalent of five beers and four cups of coffee."
-- Elizabethtown College officials quoted in The Patriot-News article
"As much as six beers in one 23.5 ounce can."
-- Harvard Crimson article
"Roughly the equivalent of four 12-ounce beers."
-- Wall Street Journal article
"Four Loko has as much caffeine as two eight-ounce cups of coffee, and has 12 percent alcohol by volume."
-- George Washington Hatchet staff editorial
"They have as much alcohol as three beers, along with a three-cups-of-coffee jolt of caffeine."
-- New York Daily News article
"Popular drinks such as Four Loko and Joose contain as much as 2-3 coffee cups worth of caffeine and 2-3 cans of beer per container."
-- Schumer in a statement
Do you have an alcohol and caffeine equivalence rate for Four Loko? I would love to hear about it in the comments section.
And on Thursday at 1 p.m., a guest chatter (yet to be announced) and I will discuss Four Loko, college binge-drinking and other issues during my weekly online chat, Campus Overload Live. Send in your questions now.
| November 16, 2010; 3:31 PM ET
Categories: Night Life | Tags: Four Loko
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