Checking In — Four Loko, Bath Salts, and College Drinking
Remember the drink with the flashy packaging that is so popular with college students? I first wrote about Four Loko last November in Juiced, in More Ways Than One (Wow,has it really been almost a year?) This drink is particularly harmful because the caffeine in it seems to make people oblivious to how inebriated they’re getting from the alcohol. New York, New Jersey, and Michigan were a few states that banned sales of the drinks around that time.
Now the makers of Four Loko have agreed to label the amount of alcohol in their product: one can contains as much as four or five cans of beer. (This was after they were pressured from the Federal Trade Commission.) I could not find a current list of states banning the beverate
Bath salts are in the news again, too. I wrote about the problem in March,”Bath Salts–Not so Soothing”. Bath salts are not at all what the name implies—they’re deadly, and unfortunately, they’re still a top recreational drug. Although 28 states have banned them, they’re still wreaking havoc, according to an article in The New York Times. According to this latest article, they contain “manmade chemicals like mephedrone and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, also known as substituted cathinones. Both drugs are related to khat, an organic stimulant found in Arab and East African countries that is illegal in the United States.”
College Students and Drinking
I know I just wrote about substance abuse on college campuses in But this subject is constantly in the news. As if to prove my point, ABC News recently featured a segment that caught my attention. If you’re on Facebook, how many times have you seen young people posting details about their debauchery? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that college students who post about their drinking may be clinically at risk for alcohol abuse. The researchers analyzed profiles and then had these students complete questionnaires about their drinking. Not surprisingly, more than half of students, who posted about blacking out, drinking while driving, or drinking alone, were found to be at risk for alcoholism. One outcome: The lesson that it’s important to listen to how students talk about their drinking.