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Nine college students hospitalized after drinking alcoholic energy drink

This is the latest incident involving turbo-charged alcoholic energy drinks like Four Loko. Already such drinks are banned on some college campuses and today the Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna said he would ask the Food and Drug Administration to ban the drinks nationwide.

The university announced at a news conference today in Ellensburg, Wash., that the blood-alcohol content of students ranged from .12 percent to .335 percent. In Washington, 0.08 is the legal limit for intoxication; 0.3 can be lethal.

Nine students were hospitalized after the Oct. 8 party at a house where about 50 people had been drinking. Police called to the scene of the house party, in Rosyln, Wash., about 30 miles from the university, found young people – many of them women – passed out throughout the house and on the front lawn.

Authorities at the time said they did not believe incident was a result of heavy drinking, but that someone had surreptitiously slipped drugs, possibly date rape drugs, into people's drinks. Police today said there was no evidence of drugs found, only the energy drink. "Perhaps even more disturbing," said Chief Steve Rittereiser was that students were drinking beer and vodka in addition to Four Loko.

"It was really scary," Katelynn Allen, a Central Washington University freshman who was at the party but did not drink told ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV. "Everything was going fine, the music was playing, people were having fun - and then all of a sudden all the girls were puking everywhere," she said. "Girls were outside on their backs."

Nicknamed "blackout in a can" and "liquid cocaine," Four Loko has already been banned from several college campuses after students became ill.

For additional articles on this and related stories, please click the following links:

"Blackout in a can" blamed for student party illnesses
Calls to Ban Caffeinated Alcohol Drinks Like Four Loko
Doctors: Alcohol-Caffeine Drinks Pose Health Risk to College-Age Fans
Caffeine and Alcohol Drink Is Potent Mix for Young
Caffeine and Alcohol - Wham! Bam! Boozled

Written by: Russell Goldman, ABC News - October 25, 2010
Lisa Callaham, Support and Prevention
Posted: Oct 27, 2010 by Lisa Callaham

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