Four Loko Banned Along With 808, Core, Joose, Smirnoff Raw Drinks
Michigan Has Banned Alcoholic Energy Drinks Such as Four Loko, Joose, Smirnoff Raw and Core
In 30 days from now you will not be able to find these beverages on the shelves in Michigan after the state's liquor control commission banned the sale of all alcohol energy drinks. They concluded that these kinds of drinks "pose a serious health and safety risk to America's youth and a threat to the public health and safety."
This comes after reports that Four Loko was being blamed as the cause of young people blacking out, and reportedly caused students at Ramapo College in New Jersey to spend some time in hospital.
They have released a PDF of the full list of products, which includes the following Four Loko drinks:
- Four Blue Raspberry
- Four Loko Fruit Punch
- Four Loko Gold
- Four Loko Lemon Lime
- Four Loko Lemonade
- Four Loko Orange Blend
- Four Loko UVA
- Four Loko Watermelon
- Four Maxed Citrus
- Four Maxed Grape
The list also includes Joose, Jack Daniel's Country Cocktails Black Jack Cola, and Smirnoff Raw Tea Lemon and Raspberry drinks.
Phusion Projects LLC., the company that makes Four Loko, one of the most popular drinks, told CBS News they responded to the FDA and provided internal research showing their products are safe to consume - in their words no different than "having coffee after a meal with a couple of glasses of wine.
Many are angry about the banning of Four Loko especially, but others support the move saying it is a dangerous beverage that contains too much alcohol and too much caffeine.