Four Loco: blackout in a can?

Four Loco, invented in 2005 by Ohio State grads, is a controversial drink sometimes called "blackout in a can" or "liquid crack."  Sold in large cans, it has as much alcohol as six cans of light beer, as much caffeine as two cups of coffee, and as many calories as a McDonalds cheeseburger happy meal with a Coke. See

Posted by David Fahey on October 27, 2010 at 06:36 PM in Alcohol (general), Caffeine | Permalink

Caffeine in the Congo

Amy Ernst reports about her guilt for drinking Red Bull in the Congo.  The high-caffeine drink costs $2 and is not always available.  Few Congolese earn as much as $40 a month to support large families.  For her blog, see

Posted by David Fahey on September 18, 2010 at 12:22 PM in Caffeine, Zaire | Permalink

Caffeine In Beverage Alcohol

The Chicago Tribune reports that "Caffeinated Alcoholic Drinks Stir Up Legal Concerns". Here's the link.

Posted by Dave Trippel on August 24, 2009 at 12:01 PM in Alcohol (general), Caffeine, Licensing and Legislation | Permalink

"Energy shots" stimulate sales of power drinks

Expensive, bad-tasting, two-ounce "energy shots" are the new fad in power drinks.  For more, see the New York Times article here.

Posted by David Fahey on July 11, 2009 at 09:58 AM in Caffeine, Energy Drinks | Permalink

Caffeinated cocktails

Caffeinated tonic water, club soda, ginger ale, and other cocktail mixers now offer Californians caffeinated cocktails. For more, see here.

Posted by David Fahey on March 2, 2008 at 10:30 AM in Caffeine, Whiskey | Permalink

Anne Fadiman on caffeine

Anne Fadiman offer an essay on her experiences with caffeine (first isolated in 1819) here.

Posted by David Fahey on November 23, 2007 at 11:07 PM in Caffeine | Permalink

Caffeine in decaf coffee

There is controversy about the high amount of caffeine in decaf coffee. For more, see here. And see comments here.

Posted by David Fahey on October 28, 2007 at 05:52 PM in Caffeine, Coffee | Permalink

Should products disclose caffeine content?

The (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration currently requires beverage companies to list “caffeine” on product labels when it is added as an ingredient. But consumers don’t have to be told how much caffeine is present, even though pregnant women should limit caffeine consumption to about 300 milligrams a day, and children, who have seemingly boundless energy anyway, are more susceptible to the effects because of their low body weight.

For the last decade the Centers for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has unsuccessfully lobbied the FDA to require caffeine-content disclosures on food and beverages so consumers can make educated decisions.

“Caffeine is an addictive stimulant,” said CSPI’s director of legal affairs, Bruce Silverglide. “And it’s the only drug added to a wide variety of foods.”

Read more here.

Posted by Cynthia on September 18, 2007 at 10:09 AM in Addiction, Caffeine | Permalink

Caffeinated multi-billionaires

The (London) Times, 30 April 2007, listed the 100 richest individuals or families, the "poorest" of whom had a worth of more than four billion pounds sterling. Nobody in alcohol or tobacco made the cut, but there were two in chocolate: #9, Forrest and John Mars (USA); tied for #71, Michele Ferrero (Italy)--and one in coffee--#33, Herz family (Germany).

Posted by David Fahey on June 12, 2007 at 08:09 PM in Caffeine, Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee, Germany, Italy, United States | Permalink

'Our product doesn't have any cocaine in it,' says company spokesperson

An energy drink called Cocaine has been from pulled from stores across the U.S. amid concerns about its name, the company that produces it said Monday.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Posted by Cynthia on May 10, 2007 at 08:06 AM in Advertising, Caffeine, Cocaine | Permalink