Four Loko to Remove Caffeine from Drink

The popular alcohol drink Four Loko is removing the caffeine from its contents after numerous complaints.

Phusion Projects, the makers of popular alcohol drink Four Loko, have announced that they will remove caffeine and other stimulants from their all of their beverage products. The decision to reformulate comes after intense scrutiny from the Food and Drug Administration, which had been poised to ban the drink over growing health concerns with the ingredients. Although they plan to continue non-caffeinated versions of the Four Loko and Joose brands, Phusion Project's managing partners contend that Four Lokos are safe to drink and are comparable to other caffeine-alcohol concoctions like rum and cola.

"We have repeatedly contended - and still believe, as do many people throughout the country - that the combination of alcohol and caffeine is safe," said Phusion Project's managing partners Chris Hunter, Jeff Wright and Jaisen Freeman. "If it were unsafe, popular drinks like rum and colas or Irish coffees...would face the same scrutiny that our products recently faced. We are taking this step after trying - unsuccessfully - to navigate a difficult and politically charged regulatory environment at both the state and federal levels." (WashingtonPost.com)

For those unaware, Four Loko is a 23.5-ounce alcoholic beverage that cost $2.50 per can and has an alcohol content of 12%. While its rise in popularity has been brief, it has already impacted the Hip Hop community. The drink has already inspired a number of songs and music videos (see below), and was even being served at the popular Hip Hop-influenced New York City restaurant Xiao Ye. Although the commercial sphere of the rap industry has yet to pick up on the drink, the drink's popularity comes right on the tail of the release of N.O.R.E.'s latest hit "Nutcracker," which is an ode to a NYC-based bootleg drink of the same name. In addition, both Jay-Z and Diddy have ventured into the alcohol business with their respective involvement in Armdale and Ciroc vodkas, while Lil' Jon starting a non-alcoholic energy drink CRUNK!!!. 

It recently became the subject of much controversy after more than a dozen students attending Ramapo College in New Jersey were hospitalized after consuming too much of the drink this past October. Since then, a number of schools and even states like New York have banned the sale of the drink altogether.

For the better part of two years, the FDA has been targeting Four Loko and other alcoholic beverages that contain caffeine and other natural stimulants. Although there is no definitive study that officially states that the combination of alcohol and caffeine is unsafe for consumption, a study at Wake Forest University found that students were more likely to suffer alcohol-related injuries while consuming caffeinated alcoholic beverages than non-caffeinated alcoholic drinks. 

43 Comments

  • Sensaye252

    I knew there was somethin' wrong with 'em. I was way too live off them shits. I almost dunked on a nigga after drinkin one, and I'm 5'9. I'll tell you right now though, if you wanna blow your girl's socks off, drink one or two of them and then hop in the sack with her. You'll make that bitch's head spin....then your head will spin and you'll throw up and feel like you were in a plane crash when you wake up.

  • vsdgbfbrfb

    i liked them when they first came out but they started to fuck my stomach up so i dont drink them shits nomo, its like battery acid in ur stomach when you wake up in the morning... and because there cheap ppl try to drink too many at once and they cant handle it.

  • Jenga

    Sorry but i don't see the impact this has supposedly had on the hiphop community. I never heard of this bullshit drink before. I'll stick with my vodka and jack thank you.

  • ryons

    y'all are some weak some weak motherfuckers...i'm sorry, if you can't handle AT LEAST one four loko in an evening then you suck. they taste like motor oil, but they get you fucked the fuck up for cheap, so why is anyone in the hip hop community complaining? thank you DX for reporting on this, much appreciated on this article.

  • billy

    man, fuck the ban, if u drink too much of any alcohol then it becomes lethal, if them kids couldn't handle 4 lokos then they should've stopped before they got fucked up, Lokos ain't a joke, (one can will set u straight) but people got to learn how to moderate themselves. Even if the caffeine is taken out of 4 lokos, folks still have Sparks and Crunk Juice

  • Brandon Payne

    Dear HiphopDx's Readers...... What the fuck is wrong with more than half of ya'll mufucks, "whats this gosta do wit hip-hop", "oooh shit I'm-a gonna gets me some o dat shit right dere" "stufu", "nah stufu" "u live in yo mammas basement", "ah shit u too young to buy alchohol" I think most of ya'll mufuckas aint nothin but some pussy prissy ass suburban fucks with nothing better to do than complain and bitch about about FREE news reporting, so what if it doesn't fit YOUR perspective on what is relative to hiphop, if you don't have something HELPFUL to say then keep ya fuckin cockpockets shut... move the fuck on and find something better to do with your lives. geeez what losers our society has become.......

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  • four loko sucks

    like caffeinated piss mixed with rubbing alcohol? fill up a nice bottle of "four loko" at your local public restroom. it's all the same shit.

  • Who cares

    Thats some high school kid drink shit. Just go with Red Bull and Vodka if you wanna get fucked up and not black out suddenly. Dont know why anybody drinks any of those energy drinks anyways though...Those things are disgusting and diabetes in a can basically.

  • JonnyBlazeTha3rd

    four lokos are for the bitches. not men. bitch

  • loko ohno

    i drank 3 four lokos one time...i went loko ohno on bitches

  • four loko forever

    four loko is the shit

  • Anonymous

    tried this shit once, don't remember anything from that night

  • Anonymous

    Woah that's the gayest song I've heard in a while.

  • Goose

    Thanks for the update. I appreciate this news lol. I heard rumors for a while now that they were going to get banned.

  • Anonymous

    hiphop or not you's a dumbass if you drink this stuff. it's widely known alcohol and energy drinks aren't safe to combine yet these people went ahead and manufactured one. you're also a dumbass if you buy that arguement about rum and cola and irish coffee, the alcohol and energy levels are completely diferent. i didn't this world had so many brain dead people walking around they'd buy whatever they saw on the shelf without a second thought

    • Mr. Liquor

      I guess you've clearly never had vodka and redbull, jagerbombs, etc... I guess you've also never gone out to the club and sobered up at the diner with some coffee either... If I want to drink this responsibly...it's not a crime. If I want to drink too much...just like if I were to drink too much alcohol...I'll live with the consequences and repurcussions. Since when was it cool for the government to step in and tell me what LEGAL substances I can and cannot drink? Since when was the government my parent? If adults are afraid of their teens' usage of alcohol...let THEM DECIDE HOW TO HANDLE IT. Why should responsible people who know how to handle their liquor and know how to handle their caffeine have to pay for a lack of parental discretion? And no, I'm not a dumbass because I buy the argument that 4Loko and coffee-n-rum/espresso-n-sambuca is no worse than a can of 4Loko...because there is more liquor in the drinks I just mentioned (40 percent..and I lay it on heavy on the occasions that I do mix caffeine and alcohol because I know how to ENJOY MY LEGAL SUBSTANCES.) What's next? Why not outlaw Hard Lemonade because it tastes too sweet. Drinking too much of that could be bad for your health. Or how about cocktails? I know quite a few of those don't taste like liquor at all...let's ban those too. You see what I'm saying? That's the same logic the gov't is using to ban 4 Loko, and it sounds stupid when I say it.

    • Almar

      People Buy It Because it gets them fucked up, I would Reccomend only drinking 2, they say drinking 3 is the equivalant of drinking an 18 pack.

  • STFU

    Why is this HIP HOP NEWS???? Is it because half your advertisement spots are alcohol brands (but never Four Loko of course), is it because Hip Hop and alcoholism are intertwined so bad that the site has to follow it's trend? Oh ya, like dude below stated, proofread your shit before you post some irrelevant news up. Even as I purposely type "ldjsfsld", I get the red waves on the bottom indicating that I have made an error in spelling. For fucks sake...

    • Anonymous

      news like this makes me laugh keep it up as far as im conerned there isnt good hip hop news everyday and when theres not atleast they report about weird shit

    • Anonymous

      sure it doesn't have a ton to do with hip hop music, but it's definitely something of interest to DX's demographic. it's the same thing as DX reviewing video games: it's relevant to the readership.

    • Anonymous

      I agree, this has nothing to do with hiphop. But DX having most of their ads being done by Heniken among other alcoholic drinks is also very inappropreate(sp) for a tie with the majority of its visitors are probably under the age of 21

    • STFU

      Because this is a HIP HOP Site, not the fucking liquor store down the street. Your probably too young to even buy alcohol and if you are, you probably can't even hang off smelling that drink so stfu mama's basement livin' ass nigga.

    • Dub_Es

      why the fuck do you care so much whether it's related to hip hop or not? it's not like it isn't pertinent to some readers

  • learntoproofread

    Learn to proof-read your posts. Every single post has some bullshit in it and its getting fucking retarded. "other stimulants from their all of their beverage products." "soncumption". You wouldn't even pass a fuckin written english exam with this bullshit. It takes less than 5 minutes to read this shit so check it before you post it.

    • learntoproofread

      The difference is im only commenting. theres no need to be anal with my grammar for a comment, especially with most the comments posted here. however they're actual editors for a website that claims to be a major hip hop site and they cant even type shit properly. its their job, commenting here isnt my job.

    • I don't want to be a dick but...

      "Proofread" is one word. No hyphen. Also, you started a sentence with a lowercase letter. It should have been capitalized? You see how annoying it is to bitch about someone's grammar? Who gives a fuck. And seriously, who gives a fuck about college anymore? EVERYONE HAS A COLLEGE DEGREE. Having one isn't braggable.

    • Anonymous

      its hiphop, of course they didnt go to college

  • Bauce

    At times HHDX reaches but WHAT THE FUCK DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH HIP HOP???????????? Unless the creator of Four Lokos is a rapper, I dont give a shit

  • FoREAL

    to: Twitter tag_urpregnant what color are you?

  • pacman

    Explain to me again why news about Four Lokos and other "alcahol drinks" is found on a hip-hop site...

  • Dub_Es

    that's the weakest shit i've ever heard. some people really need to stick to their mike's hard and zimas and stop ruining the fun for everybody. fuckin schweens.

    • Anonymous

      if u can just make red bull vodkas what the hell is the point of removing the caffeine leave it on the shelves

    • Anonymous

      naah that shit is bad for you, if you want it though just mix your own red bull and vodka you dumbass. not that hard to make on your own.

  • mcmastermind

    BULLSHIT. Loved that shit. But people are pussies and blame their kids stupidity on this drink. Fuck that.

    • tag_urpregnant

      i think thats what everyone agrees. so what if sum pussy ass white kids in college cant handle they Four Loco.

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