You'd be crazy to try Loko: The danger of alcoholic energy drinks

CBS News posted a story last week about Four Loko, discussing the dangers of the drinks. In particular are the dual effects of the caffeine and alcohol as diuretics, which dehydrate the body. That dehydration disorients important body functions, such as balance and coordination, and can lead to serious injuries.

If someone you know does drink these things and has an incident, don't play it off. Call 911, get them help, because their body is completely haywire.

The moral of the story is that if you are going to drink, stick with something normal. Have a beer, a glass of wine, or a martini, and as always: moderation is the key. Take some friendly advice and avoid these caffeinated cocktails.

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As we stood saying goodbye on a steamy Florida summer night, I noticed my friend was acting a little erratic, shaking his hands in his pockets.

“Dude, you’re looking a little twitchy,” I commented.

“Oh, I look twitchy?” he responded.

It was the next moment that shook us.

As he made his comment, he stepped forward with his right foot. It was at some moment after that step that he blacked out and stumbled forward, bouncing face-first off the pavement and landing in the grass. He laid there — lights out — for nearly a minute as the mood went from being a bit funny to near panicked.

Thankfully, he came to, asking “Why am I on the ground?” about twenty times, blood dripping from his left eye.

A story like this is far too common among young people, thanks to alcoholic energy drinks. In this case is the drink Four Loko, a caffeine-infused beverage that contains 12 percent alcohol.  These dangerous cocktails, which include Sparks, Joose, and even Red Bull and vodka,  leave you drunk yet feeling alert, so your body is even more disoriented than just drinking alcohol. According to the Mayo Clinic, these drinks can lead to “heavier drinking and alcohol-related injuries.” As your central nervous system gets boosted from the stimulants, your body falsely believes that everything is fine, and then it hits like a freight train.

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