It seems as though every day for the last two weeks I have heard about college campuses sending out warnings or even banning Four Loko. Every morning I expect an email from UNH about it, even though you can't buy them in New Hampshire. UNH may very well be the only school in the country not yet to ban it. For those of you who live underneath a rock, Four Loko is an alcoholic energy drink and just one sip will kill you... or at least that is what colleges seem to think.
The reason they are so "dangerous" is because they come in 24 ounce cans (Arizona Ice Tea size), and one is approximately the equivalent of drinking something like 5 coffees and 6 light beers. They come in various flavors, are 12% alcohol and illegal to sell in New Hampshire. Now, I have never had a Four Loko, but last weekend I had the pleasure of trying a Tilt, which is basically the same thing. (And to my knowledge, not technically on the market right now).
I will now tell you why they are so dangerous: because it was fucking delicious. It tasted like grape soda and it will get you going. It is basically like having a giant vodka and RedBull. Seriously, after a few sips I was ready to rock. Keep in mind I had already had a few drinks, but I could definitely tell what they have the potential to do. I am not a huge energy drink person. I will have a morning coffee, but that is about the limit of my caffeine. I don't even drink a lot of soda. The major problem with these alcoholic energy drinks is that people drink them like they are drinking a regular beer.
So, what I am saying to you is if you find yourself drinking one of these beernergy drinks this weekend, pay attention to your consumption. We don't need a UNH student student falling victim to stupidity. That being said, party on! Time to start my Thirsty Thursday!
Stay classy, not UMassy.