Four Lokos: Friend or Foe?
Ah, Four Lokos. Maybe you've heard of them before, but aren't too sure what exactly they are. Or maybe you have had a notorious experience with them like myself. Either way, I'm going to explore both sides of this drink that is slowly, but surely, becoming infamous among parties and gatherings everywhere.
My first experience with Four Lokos was on a Tuesday night, nothing special. My friend and I were tired of our usual boxed wine or 12 pack of beer when we decided to hit up a local convenient store that sold alcohol to see what we could find. Immediately we were drawn to these crazy, colorful cans with "Four Lokos" printed across them. We started reading the can and soon realized that they were 12% alcohol...which is like drinking 4-5 beers in one sitting. We were sold. We read through the different flavors and settled on Lemonade and Grape. We only bought two cans, not realizing the damage those two cans would do. A little over $6 later ($3 for each Loko), and three more forties (that we didn't get through) we were on our way home.
Upon getting home, we tried the Lemonade one first. It was definitely hard to get down, but we managed. Next, it was on to the Grape flavored Lokos. It was definitely a lot better tasting, and after finishing that, we were amazed that we were in fact drunk already. We couldn't believe it....so much that we decided to try Lokos again that Friday. We each drank 2-3 Four Lokos and the night ended in singing Seal's "Kissed by a Rose", a leg lock around my neck, one lost earring, and our friends staring at us in disbelief. It was a good night to say the least.
Shortly after our few experiences with this crazy drink appropriately named Four Lokos, I wanted to know more. I started asking friends about them. Some people swore to stay away from them, some people didn't know what they were, and others were ready to invest stock in the drink.
Four Lokos: Foe?
If you're going to attempt to drink Four Lokos, I think you should be aware of exactly you are putting in your body. In addition to the 12% alcohol (in more places), there is also 60 grams of sugar and 660 calories in just one can! Those statistics alone may have swayed my decision to drink 3 of them in one night. Also, the name Four Lokos comes from four of it's main ingedients: caffeine, taurine, guarana and wormwood which is an active ingredient in absinthe.
There have also been recent rumors of Lokos being pulled from shelves. The attorney general has been investigating that the ingredients in this drink pose many health risks, but are masked by feelings of intoxication. Four Lokos has been said to be the cause of numerous blackouts and in some cases can be fatal.
If you do decide to try it out, please drink in moderation for the obvious reasons. All of the ingredients are flat out not good for you body and your heart.
Four Lokos: Friend?
It's every young person's dream...alcohol that is dirt cheap and gets you highly intoxicated. With Lokos running about $3 a can, and considering it's effects...it's definitely cheaper than a case of beer and in most cases a bottle of liquor. For me personally, I achieve the same level of intoxication if I slammed back shots of vodka all night, but without a nasty hangover in the morning. Plus those 60 grams of sugar definitely give you a rush if you're looking to party all night.
Four Lokos is available in eleven flavors: Watermelon, Orange, Lemonade, Cranberry Lemonade, Grape, Fruit Punch, Vanilla, Blue Raspberry, Raspberry, Apple, and Cotton Candy. No matter what you prefer, there is a Lokos for you. My personal favorites being Grape and Watermelon. They can initially be hard to get down, but eventually can be hard to put down.
Four Lokos: Friend or Foe?
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