New York is the fifth state to ban Four Loko, following Washington, Oklahoma, Utah, and Michigan earlier this month.
In an open letter on their website, Phusion Projects, the parent company of Four Loko, writes, "While we don’t agree with the notion that mixing caffeine and alcohol is inherently unsafe, we do agree with the goal of keeping adults of legal age who choose to drink responsibly as safe and as informed as possible." Phusion also has posted several articles on why bans are ineffective.
Does this mean that the drinking culture at Vassar, which has been particularly problematic this semester, will change? According to insiders, Four Loko was involved for all of this semester's unconscious hospitalizations. Meanwhile, as we previously posted, Dean Roellke and the Committee for College Life is trying to make a late-night alcohol-free student space, which will probably open next semester.
Correction: We've been receiving lots of conflicting statistics from various student leaders who claim to be in the know. One student involved with EMS - who is probably the most reliable source yet - tells us that "although we have had a few calls where our patients were drinking Four Loko, this is certainly not true of every patient, much less every unconscious patient." The student continues, "Things like shots of hard liquor and jungle juice tend to be responsible for the most calls."