Four Loko & Other Stuff That’s Bad For You

Ken Tucci

Why was the FDA so quick to jump on the “Ban Four Loko” bandwagon?  If it’s so bad, why don’t they ban other things, like cigarettes, whiskcy or Big Macs?  “Responsible adults” can overindulge in those things and die as well.   – Brad, Carver

Today the FDA sent warning letters to 4 manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks (including Four Loko) telling them it is unsafe to include caffeine in these drinks.  Four Loko beat the FDA to the punch yesterday by deciding to remove caffeine from its’ drink formula. 

Brad makes an interesting point.  How far do we go on things like this?  Is it ok to ban a product like this, or can we all make our own decisions about what to buy?  Are there other products you think should be in the government’s crosshairs?

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  • Cynic

    I like Cigarettes and Whoppers (Not Big Macs)but you’re right about Booze.Of course the last time they tried to ban that it made Al Capone and Joe Kennedy gizzillionaires and created organized crime.If you have a product that no one wants just get the Government to ban it…You’ll make a bundle.

  • oceanlover

    I think the government needs to balance their budget and leave us to make our own good or bad choices.

  • Tin

    See the government makes money off cigarettes and booze, there for they will NEVER be banned, they also make money on drugs being smuggled into the country, that is why that will never stop as well…the government is nothing more than a bunch of a$$ clowns in suits looking for a way to make more money to stuff into their pockets, not ours. Once this beverage is no longer in the spotlight, the company will change the label, maybe the name but it will still go back on the shelf where people will buy it and pay the tax on it as well…and around & around we go…….

  • BostonIrish

    Tin, a bunch of what? I agree. And Cynic, why not Big Macs? Anyone that drinks 4_Loko has already had Vodka and Red Bull mixers. If the consumer wants a buzz they’ll create it. Government isn’t going to stop it.

    • Cynic

      I say “Whoppers” because I identify more with the Scitzo Burger King than Ronald MacDonald.He’s like my kinda Guy..

  • brandon swarthout

    What the US Gov. doesn’t want you to know about FoLo….

  • emom

    Caffiene and booze are not the only ingredients, one other is just as bad and is similar to caffeine… glad its band, should have been regulated first.

  • Brad

    There are plenty of other energy drinks out there with all sorts of ingredients. They are even at checkout at grocery stores. A kid could buy and drink 6 of those and wind up in the ER. When it happens you’ll see that stuff go away too. I think this is a nanny state reaction to a few stupid college kids making themselves sick, more than a money issue. Heck, now they’ll have to go back to drinking half gallons of vodka

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