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URI bars alcohol-caffeine drink from campus

November 4, 2010

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.—The University of Rhode Island has become the latest college to ban a new drink that packs a powerful combination of alcohol and caffeine.

The university's president on Wednesday banned Four Loko from campus.

Four Loko is often referred to as "blackout in a can" because it contains more than four times as much alcohol as an ordinary beer and is relatively cheap.

It has been linked to numerous alcohol-related incidents at colleges across the country, including an incident at URI last month in which several students needed medical attention.

At least two other colleges have banned the sweet drink.

The company that markets the beverage says on its website that its product should only be consumed responsibly by adults of legal drinking age.