The Four Loko Epidemic

Four Loko has been in the news a lot lately, bringing attention to the current craze over alcoholic caffeinated beverages. I’ve only ever had one personal experience with a similar drink. One of my cousins bought a can of “Joose” for me because I was too tired to go out and party. “This will get you amped up,” he promised. The large, colorful can looks like a benign mix between Monster and Arizona Tea so I began to drink it without asking questions.


Wrong move. That night, I was wired in the worst way. My heart and mind were racing but my body wanted to move in slow motion. I felt trapped. That night, I swore off of those drinks. It couldn’t be safe, I thought.