Caffienated Colt 45 Blast to Take Four Loko's Place on College Campuses
UPDATE 3/30/2011: This article is incorrect. Colt 45 does not contain caffeine. However, due to it’s fruity flavors and celebrity endorsements, many people are concerned that it will attract underage drinkers and encourage binge drinking.
Last semester, Four Loko was all the rage on college campuses across the country. At less than $2.50 a can, these highly caffeinated alcoholic beverages were a cheap and quick way to get drunk – something that appeals to many college students. However, the drinks’ dangerous combination of stimulants and depressants had deadly consequences for several students. As a result, the drinks were banned from stores shelves until the makers altered the recipe and removed the caffeine.
Now, another caffeinated alcoholic beverages is hitting the stores and it has the same dangerous ingredients as Four Loko. Blast by Colt 45 is sold in 23.5 ounce cans and bottles and contains 12 percent alcohol, just like Four Loko. Blast also has famous rapper Snoop Dogg as it’s promotional spokesperson. Some are very concerned that by having Snoop Dogg associated with the drink, Blast will target young adults and underage drinkers who will not be able to consume the drink safely and in moderation, which could result in alcohol poisoning.
In a perfect world, nobody would drink this drink. However, as mentioned before, the drinks are a cheap and quick way to get a buzz, so some college students will be tempted to try it. If you are going to drink Blast, follow these guidelines to stay safe and avoid getting too drunk.
- Drink in moderation. Chances are that you will not feel like you are getting drunk while drinking Blast. This is because the caffeine in Blast will act as a stimulant, keeping you from feeling the depressant of alcohol. So, drink it slowly and in moderation. More than one Blast is not a good idea; in fact, you could share one with a friend to be even safer.
- Drink water. Alcohol will make you dehydrated, which can cause a hangover for you in the morning. To avoid this and to also keep your blood alcohol content under control, try drinking water. This will keep you hydrated and will also help you feel better in the morning.
- Don’t drink anything else. If you are going to drink a caffeinated alcoholic beverage like Blast, then make that your only drink for the night. Don’t mix other forms of alcohol with Blast. If you’re going to have a “Blast Night,” then make it your only drink and then concentrate on the fun of hanging out with your friends, not on drinking even more.
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