Schumer Wants To Ban Four Loko

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/CBS 2/WCBS 880) — Sen. Charles Schumer on Wednesday called on the State Liquor Authority to ban caffeinated alcoholic drinks, including Four Loko, from being sold in New York.

Four Loko, which is popular among college students, comes in a 23.5 ounce can and is equal to drinking three beers, a can of Red Bull and a shot of espresso. Many of the flavors contain 12 percent alcohol by volume, making it easy for those with even the highest level of tolerance to become intoxicated.

  1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reports

The drinks are sold in a variety of fruit flavors, packaged inside brightly-colored cans and cost only about $2.50 each.

Schumer describes Four Loko a death wish disguised as an energy drink.

“They provide the drinker with increased stamina and energy that allows the person to continue drinking past the point where you’d normally stop,” Schumer said.

Jacqueline Celestino, grandmother of Nicole Lynn Celestino, a 17-year-old from Long Island who passed away after drinking Four Loko last August, joined Schumer in the fight to ban the drink.

“They’re calling ‘liquid cocaine,’ that’s how quick the effect is on the drinker,” Celestino said.

In July, Schumer called on the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the safety of these drinks. The agency has yet to approve or determine that caffeine in alcoholic beverages is “generally recognized as safe.”

In a letter to the State Liquor Authority, Schumer states that since the FDA still has not approved or determined that caffeine in alcoholic beverages is “generally recognized as safe” this allows New York to implement a ban on their sale.

“Four Loko, and drinks like it, are a toxic, dangerous mix of caffeine and alcohol, and they are spreading like a plague across the country. While we wait for the Food and Drug Administration to Act, we need to take matters into our own hands here in New York and ban their sale,” Schumer said in a press release.

Michigan and Oklahoma have already banned Four Loko, while a number of other states and cities have considered instituting a ban.

Ramapo College banned the drink last month after six students were hospitalized after drinking the beverage.

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One Comment

  1. jm ... NYC says:

    What’s going on with these drinks stupidity . Those who drink them don’t realise the long term dangers of high levels of caffiene . Heart problems are certainly the most obvious , erratic behavior , nervousness , shaking etc . are some others then add the alcohol . It’s a tonic for disaster . Having 1 or two isn’t the problem but injesting several of these daily and regularly is NOT A HEALTHY thing to do . It’s no different than taking amphetamines and going out to drink all night or taking barbituates to to bring you down .
    The young peope of today need to look back , read the stories of past concoctions and talk to drug rehab specialists to get the REAL info on the dangers of this type of behavior .
    Senator Schumer should try to get the manufacturers to limit the amounts of caffiene & alcohol dosages and label the drinks with the appropriate warnings before going for an all out ban .

  2. Ken says:

    What’s next? Banning jager bombs? Banning red bull and vodka? Do something else Chucky. Just because a few people don’t know how to drink, doesn’t mean the rest of us get punished. Binge drinking is nothing new to the college kids. I had my fair share of it during my college days.

  3. J says:

    Sounds like Senator Shumer is swinging his plastic sword. How would he know what Four Loko is like? And, instead of just classifying the
    drink as an alcoholic beverage and mandating that identification be presented upon purchase; he wants to act like an anti captialist and
    ban the drink altogether. Even if a ban is instituted, all kids have to do is purchase caffieene pills and wash it down with a few beers.
    Leave it alone Chucky. This is why Democrats lost the majority. Only, New Yorkers are too foolish to see that.

  4. Aceof Spades says:

    Are they still with this.

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