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Four Loko Gets Less Crazy: Blame the Health Police?

Four Loko and other caffeinated alcoholic drinks under FDA scrutiny.
Four Loko is changing its formula. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Joe Raedle/Getty Images

(CBS) It looks like caffeinated alcoholic drink Four Loko is about to get less crazy.

Phusion Projects LLC., the company that makes the controversial brew, says it is removing caffeine from the drink, which has become a college campus favorite.

This comes just hours ahead of an expected FDA ban on Four Loko and scores of other drinks in the category.

Here's a full list of the drinks that might be on the government hit list.

Already, several states have banned caffeinated alcoholic drinks and late last year a group of state attorneys general asked the FDA to make sure the drinks are safe.

Students in several colleges around the country have been hospitalized after drinking Four Loko, but in many cases they were also drinking heavily of other liquors.  Police reports in at least one incident suggested illegal drugs were also present.

Four Loko has long defended its products, saying they are like "having coffee after a meal with a couple of glasses of wine."

Four Loko's main product is a 23.5-ounce drink with 12 percent alcohol - roughly equivalent to drinking five 12-ounce beers. The drink also has about a cup's worth of coffee, according to the manufacturer.

It seems for now, Four Loko fans will have to buy their own coffee if they want that extra jolt.


Is the government acting like the health police or is the maker of Four Loko being a responsible corporate citizen?

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