Q13 FOX News Online
6:40 AM CDT, October 25, 2010
An alcoholic energy drink is to blame for the sickness of 9 college students at a party in Roslyn earlier this month.
It was previously suspected that drugs may have played a role in the incident but investigators reveal the students did not take drugs but instead drank 'Four Loko.'
Investigators say one 23.5 ounce can of Four Loko is comparable to drinking 5 to 6 beers. Central Washington University officials have banned all alcoholic energy drinks from campus. Even students over the age of 21 cannot consume the beverages on campus.
Officials say Four Loko is referred to as 'black-out in a can' or 'liquid cocaine.'
Health experts say the caffeine in the drink suspends the effects of alcohol, allowing people to continue drinking long after they normally would have stopped consuming non-caffeninated alcohol.
Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna has stepped in and announced he would push for a national restriction on the sale of caffeinated malt liquor.
"It's time to bring an end to the sale of alcoholic energy drinks," said McKenna, who serves on the state's Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking. "They're marketed to kids by using fruit flavors that mask the taste of alcohol and they have such high levels of stimulants that people have no idea how inebriated they really are. They're packaged just like non-alcoholic drinks, but include a dangerous dose of malt liquor."
The students were sickened on October 9 at a home 30 miles from campus. Investigators say no drugs were found in the home.