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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Vol. 96, Issue 50

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FDA demands Four Loko lose its buzz The popular drink packs the equivalent of four beers and a tall cup of coffee SARAH GRIECO MANAGING EDITOR

It’s no secret college students are crazy for the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko. But starting Thursday, the popular beverage will no longer contain caffeine, because of a ban declared by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA wrote a stern letter to four companies on Nov. 17, which stated the consumption of beverages containing alcohol and caffeine is associated with behavior that may lead to life-threatening situations. The companies were then told to remove the caffeinated ingredients from its beverages, or the FDA could take further action, which may include seizure of products.

“Alcohol is a nervous system depressant while caffeine is a nervous system stimulant. Combining the two substances can mask the effect of alcohol as a depressant.” — Dr. Hala Madanat, assistant professor in the School of Public Health The ban was initiated when several state attorney generals wrote a letter of concern, asking the FDA to consider prohibiting the caffeinated products. The prohibition came after a recently filed lawsuit against the makers of Four Loko, Phusion Projects LLC, in which the plaintiff claimed the drink assisted in the suicide of a 20-year-old Floridian. The

beverage has also been linked with multiple binge drinking incidents among college students and a fatal car crash in Texas. Four Loko has the equivalent of four beers and a tall cup of coffee, which is nearly 12 percent alcohol by volume and roughly 260 milligrams of caffeine. “Alcohol is a nervous system depressant while caffeine is a nervous system stimulant,” Dr. Hala Madanat, a School of Public Health assistant professor at San Diego State, said. “Combining the two substances can mask the effect of alcohol as a depressant.” Madanat also said those who drink caffeinated alcoholic beverages may become unable to assess his or her level of intoxication, which may lead to binge drinking or potential alcohol poisoning. Flavors of Four Loko and Joose, such as lemonade, raspberry, orange and grape, also displayed a marketing preference for young drinkers. A sophomore, who wished to remain anonymous, stated the reason he purchases Four Loko is not for the taste, but rather the price. The drink costs roughly $2.50 per can, which means it is relatively affordable for students strapped for cash. “To get drunk for about $5 is pretty college friendly,” he said. The inexpensive price, however, contributes to the danger of overdosing and is another reason the FDA has called for the ban. Once the ban goes into effect, people will no longer be allowed to purchase a drink that contains both caffeine and alcohol. Madanat maintained that policy is generally a highly effective public health intervention, but there is still trepidation regarding consumption. “The concern in this situation is that the two substances are accessible separately,” she said. “Adolescents and young adults who choose to mix those two substances will continue to be able to do so. However, banning these beverages is an important step in creating awareness that combining the two substances is not recognized as being safe.” Since the FDA wrote to the four companies, all have ceased making their beverages and are no longer distributing caffeinated versions to retail stores.

Michael Tiberi / Staff Photographer

The popular drink sells for a mere $2.50 and combines caffeine and alcohol, which is harmful to people’s health.

WORLD NEWS Obama proposes pay freeze Federal employees will experience a twoyear freeze on federal civilian employees’ pay based on a recent announcement from President Barack Obama, who said this will save more than $5 billion through 2012. “The hard truth is, getting this budget under control is going to require some broad sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by employees of the federal government,” he said. “After all, small businesses and families are tightening their belts ... Their government should, too.” The move will save more than $28 billion throughout the next five years, but will need to pass through Congress before it is official. Military pay will not be affected.

South Korea to retaliate against the $113 billion for Irish bailout DADT may be here to stay Last week, Ireland revealed it was too deep The controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” North repeal bill has garnered little support from After an attack from North Korea last week, South Korea will retaliate, according to President Lee Myung-bak. The announcement came yesterday in his first address about the situation since the attack took place last Tuesday. The attack led to increased tension between the already strained nations, including rallies in the South against North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il Monday. Four people were killed in last week’s attack. Leaders in China are also calling for talks among the two nations as pressure is mounting China to help North and South Korea resolve the conflict.

in public debt to continue without financial support. The European Union agreed to lend roughly $113 billion in order to financially save the banking crisis in Ireland. According to the Irish government, the country will use the funding immediately to increase the capital reserves of its banks. The E.U. has also earmarked another $3.2 billion to remain in reserves. “It provides Ireland with vital time and space to successfully and conclusively address the unprecedented problems that we’ve been dealing with since this global economic crisis began,” Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen said.

the newly Republican-controlled Congress. Prominent Republican figure and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News on Sunday, “I don’t think there’s anywhere near the votes to repeal DADT on the Republican side,” Graham said. “I think in the lame-duck session DADT isn’t going anywhere.” Graham made this statement after the Pentagon revealed a study that Americans do not oppose gay men and women serving in the U.S. military. — Compiled by Assistant News Editor Sarah Kovash and Managing Editor Sarah Grieco

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