I find “Mixing alcohol with caffeine can result in ‘toxic jock’ ” (Nov. 30) rife with inaccuracies and exaggerations. While it is undeniable that the combination of alcohol and caffeine can be dangerous, it is absurd to hold companies such as Phusion Projects solely responsible for actions of irresponsible consumers. Where is the accountability on the part of the individuals intentionally looking for a “black out in a can”? It can be said for almost anything that excessive amounts are unhealthy.
Perhaps equally ludicrous is the misleading comparison of Four Loko to Red Bull/vodka. This claims that the alcohol content of a Red Bull/vodka is only a fraction of the amount in a can of Four Loko. Even the inexpensive brands of vodka typically used in well drinks are 40 percent alcohol. As a 25-year-old who understands the psyche of their target demographic, if a person is on a mission to “black out,” they’ll do so whether in a can of Four Loko or with “wings” and a Red Bull/vodka.
Perhaps parents and concerned politicians should spend more time teaching children and young adults the importance of drinking responsibly, and less time blaming beverage companies for not anticipating their ignorance.