October 25th, 2010
10:15 PM ET

'Blackout in a can' blamed in student illnesses

Nine Central Washington University students hospitalized this month after an off-campus party were sickened by "Four Loko," a caffeinated malt liquor also known as "blackout in a can," according to a police investigation.

Investigators concluded that none of the students were drugged or given alcohol without their knowledge and no sexual assaults occurred, according to a school statement.


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  1. Gilbert

    I agree with Mary Adkins.

    October 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Nice doggy. Cute little pooch. Maybe I've got a Milk-Bone.

      October 26, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. chan

    If you go out and party to get stupid and something awful happens to you it is your fault.

    October 25, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Oh, good, that makes me feel so much better.

      October 26, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marc Bachemin

    We need to come together as a nation to stop underage drinking and save our youth of america.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      I'm studying the effects of negative reinforcement on ESP ability

      October 26, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mogwi

    Underage drinking is not a problem. The problem is a culture that belives that it is . COOL to get as drunk as you can. That is not cool. Enjoying beer or wine or scotch is fun and healthy. But drinking that much on purpose is risking your life. Plus you usually look like an idiot...

    October 26, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Boy, the superintendent's gonna be p!ssed!

      October 26, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. tommyboy

    @mogwi alcohol is the most slippery slope i have ever been on a glass of wine ok. beer and shots bad news. four lokos the worst mix. alcohol and caffiene. the two most abused substinces.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

      October 26, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. tommyboy

    i think the lokos and a group of others should be looked into. amp monster red bull (red bull shots are very popular. why are some banned in eorope?

    October 26, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      What are you supposed to be, some kind of a cosmonaut?

      October 26, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. theshiney

    classic case of mixing uppers and downers. not news. anyone who doesnt know this should do more drugs and learn or not do drugs at all. save us all your grief.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Still making headlines all across the country, the Ghostbusters are at it again. This time, at the fashionable dance club, "The Rose." The boys in gray slugged it out with a pretty pesky poltergeist, then stayed on to dance the night away with some of the lovely ladies who witnessed the disturbance. This is Casey Kasem. Now, on with the countdown.

      October 26, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. inez

    I went to CWU, partied, now I am an alcoholic. oh to go back and do it over...

    October 26, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      I'm gonna take back some of the things I said about you, Egon.

      October 26, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. lamont Cranston

    "Blackout in a can", "A sixpack worth of alcohol", a crisis of biblical proportions! dogs and cats living together!
    quick! head to the cellar it's the end of the world as we know it!
    I smell a "moral panic" – another satanic child abuse scandal, with crack babies tossed in for good measure.
    yup, some morons at a college got sick from chugging booze – this is a major news story? Sorry, I've lived in a college town.
    If the danger is caffeine and alchohol, how about warning all the Irish Coffee drinkers?
    (or are you afraid of being laughed at, as you richly deserve?)
    How about mentioning the possible health *benefits* of caffiene and alcohol?

    or is this the latest fad danger for "news" organizations to hyperventilate over?

    October 26, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      Someone saw a c@ckroach up on twelve.

      October 26, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michelle

    Did you guys here about the lady who swallowed the fly? Gee whiz, how many nights as a teen/twenty did we drink a pot of coffee to "sober up"?

    October 26, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      She's not my girlfriend. I find her interesting because she's a client and because she sleeps above her covers... *four feet* above her covers. She barks, she drools, she claws!

      October 26, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. morgan

    i agree with Mogwi, drinking is not the probrlem, its the negative stigma that is associated with it and accepted by the vast majority of americans. You tell a kid not to do something what do you think they'll do? We let our youth drive our cars but no drink, other countries have done it the opposite way and let their youth drink but not operate a vehicle until they are much older and have NOWHERE near the amount of youth drinking problems whatsoever.

    Then again, what you chose to do is your own fault. If you drink yourself to sickness that's your stupid fault.

    October 26, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Venkman

      No offense, guys, but I've gotta get my own lawyer.

      October 26, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. Venkman

    I'm going bring this up with the Tenant's Association. You're not supposed to have pets in the building.

    October 26, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. acie green

    Venkman- find another forum. You may want to rethink your strategy, friend.

    October 26, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lisababy

    There is no positive side to alcohol its just flat out bad people get drunk and fight drive do stupid things i drank for 30 years and it got me nowhere but beatdown sad and homeless by men who cant keep their tempers in check i quit at 40 and now i look forward to everyday hangover free i was an idiot then and i tell you i am a happier more thoughtful person for it believe me just because its legal doesnt make it any less lethal just like cigarettes alcohol is a killer that we invite into our lives thru peer pressure and deppression if your on the dark road of alcohol please try to stop for yourself your friends and loved ones before the road takes a tragic turn

    October 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Venkman is a quack

    The product and it's design is intentional to masked the toxicities and risks of the product. All energy drinks should be banned and regulated. These soup-up, concentrated caffeine, hemi-ed with herbal stimulants primes the consumer for serious health risks: heart ailment, high blood pressures, anxiety, panic attacks, agitation, insomnia...they invoke serious effects that goes beyond and pass dietary to where medicinal and drug
    influence predominates. It designed to look like a beverage which it is not, designed in large volume for single consumption like tea or punched but it is not, high alcohol content masked by sweetners, outside labeling design to look like non-alcohol beverage, lacks caffeine content gauge per cup of regular coffee so the consumer can judge toxicity from caffeine. The FDA should put its foot down on this billion dollar industry and regulate these "beverages" for what they trully are a drug.

    October 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Venkman is a quack

      The product should have warning labels, maximum dose labeling warning consumer the maximum amount that can be safety consumed. To compare energy drinks like four loko to Irish coffee is a joke. Coffee bean has a limited source of caffeine and the alcohol content is also limited.
      These are hyped-up products. Students, college kids who are health conscious and the well-inform will do well to steer clear of these products.

      October 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |