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WWJD (John Locke) about Four Loko!

November 9, 2010

pure evil in a can!

Many college students around the country  endured misery the past few weeks over the loss of a dear friend, the Four Loko. College campus across the country have  deemed it necessary to ban Four Lokos for the greater good. Sadly, the great state of Michigan banned the selling of four loko anywhere in the state. For those of you who are clueless to what a four loko is, let me enlighten you. A Four Loko is an alcoholic energy drink which is basically equal to around 3.5 beers and tall cup of coffee in one drink. Over the past year, this drink became widely popular all over the country for its taste, cheap price, and alcoholic effect. Sounds great right? well not according to everyone. There has been great controversy surrounding this beverage lately because many irresponsible young adults have been hospitalized who had been drinking Four Loko.  Arent all alcoholic drinks dangerous when consumed irresponsibly?

There are critiques that believe the mixture of a depressant and stimulant can be very harmful to the human body but there are also many others who believe it is their right to ingest whatever they feel like. Well the haters have won and now it is banned. The real questions though are whether or not the government of Michigan is stepping over the line by banning Four Loko and WWJD? This state allows the use of cigarettes which have been proven to cause cancer and are extremely deadly. There also is nothing illegal occurring when someone goes to a bar and orders a redbull and vodka. Isnt that essentially the same thing as Four Loko?

John Locke writes about how in the state of nature, the right to defend oneself was not enough. This would lead to the creation of civil society and a state government. People would give up their sovereignty to live under safe conditions. He also talks about when the government creates laws, they must be for the common good to be legit. If not then the people were morally obligated to go against these laws and if it came to it, overthrow the government. Now i do not believe that Locke would want to overthrow the government, but he would be quite torn between whether it was for the common good. In the end, i think that he would be okay with the government banning the sale of Four Loko because as unfair as it may be, it isn’t hurting anyone by banning it.

I personally believe that Four Loko should be allowed to be consumed legally by people older than 21 years of age.  What do you think? 

  1. Christine Irish permalink
    November 9, 2010 11:56 PM

    I understand your stance on the Four Loko ban, but I have to disagree. A family friend of mine was rushed to the hospital last week after consuming only two of the drinks. He suffered a heart attack at only 18 years old and was in a coma for several days because the caffeine and the alcohol in the drink can interact lethally because they have effects that both speed up the heart and slow it down. The drink presents a medical danger even when consumed responsibly, and should therefore be banned from stores just like any other food or drug that can kill people when being consumed in reasonable quantities. Also, the facts in your article were incorrect. There are the equivalent of 6.5 light beers and 2 cups of coffee in each. Please reconsider before drinking them. My family friend was fortunate to survive and you might not be so lucky.

  2. FloydSimmons permalink
    November 10, 2010 12:12 AM

    This is very interesting due to the fact that John Lock also explains to us in the Second Treatise that men have duties and are obligated to do whatever is necessarry to survive. I think that if an individual drinks a Four Loco, then he, himself, is putting his life at risk and it was a personal decision to do so, thus he would be violating the State of Nature, as well as the Law of Nature that governs it. This is where a man has the right to health, life, liberty, and property. However, I do believe that this law is an outrage and it just ruins all the good weekends of the future for thousands of college students across the United States.

  3. Cesar II Ruiz permalink
    November 10, 2010 12:40 AM

    I agree with the idea that Locke would utterly agree with the banning of this “energy drink”, but just because it is banned doesn’t mean it should be. With the fact that people could mix energy drinks with another alcoholic beverage, a different style of “Four Loco” could be combined. People should be able to decide how much “Four loco” they should drink, just like any other type of alcoholic beverage out there. If they can’t control this beverage, then any other alcoholic beverage is just as dangerous!

  4. jmrusso permalink
    November 10, 2010 2:01 AM

    I am indifferent about this subject. I feel that it may be a serious topic at hand while on the other hand I feel like this should be kept as a personal matter. The serious part is that it has been proven that some people who have had a Four Loko have had to go to the hospital due to the reaction between alcohol and caffeine products. The personal issue is that people should be able to decide what goes into their body. Although it is proven somewhat fatal, people should have the knowledge to make a logical decision. It’s like answering the question, will I ride a roller coaster that is missing a part of the track? The obvious answer is no. But isn’t drinking any type of alcohol toxic for someone’s body? This question shows that people who drink alcohol accept the possible consequences and dangers.

  5. adamarcher permalink
    November 10, 2010 10:35 AM

    I think that it was wrong to ban the drink in the first place, however I would still like to know more about the chemical make-up of the beverage. I could not pass ultimate judegement on the elixer without knowing more about it. Right now, I am not totally sold on the “danger” of mixing caffeine and alcohol, I know people who have done this for years, and are none the worse for it. I also know that combinations of energy drinks and alcohol are very common and socially acceptable (i.e. jagerbombs, etc.) I think that I could be swayed by a professional study on the topic. However, until that date, I see drinks such as FourLoko as no more dangerous than any other alcoholic drink, or than drinking an alcoholic beverage at the same time as an energy drink.

  6. hummberto permalink
    November 10, 2010 4:53 PM

    A topic close to my liver, I enjoyed reading this article and understand your stance on the ban of Four Loko. I looked at your title and thought to myself, “what about cigarettes?”. I’m glad you brought that up in your blog post. I agree that Four Loko is dangerous, but anything in consumed in an overindulgent fashion can be considered dangerous. This goes down to the people, that it’s their choice to consume or not consume the drink. McDonald’s is the same in that respect, as is any other type of unhealthy option.
    As for Locke’s point-of-view, Locke wrote the laws of nature, which governed men in the state of nature. One big point was, “But though this be a liberty, yet it is not a state of licence: though man in that state have an uncontrollable liberty to dispose of his person or possession, yet he has not liberty to destro himself” (Second Treatise of Government, 6). In other words, we cannot destroy ourselves. Four Loko could definitely be seen as a means of self-destruction, something Locke wouldn’t endorse.
    I disagree with the banning, but I believe Locke would look differently at the issue at hand.

  7. Jessie Altman permalink
    November 10, 2010 11:19 PM

    I agree with the law to ban Four Lokos on college campuses. The majority of people probably do not understand the risk that comes with drinking Four Lokos. They are drawn to the cheap price and effects of the drink. I think that John Locke would agree with the ban of this drink so that the public would be safe. Banning Four Loko is ok not just because it does not hurt anyone, but that banning this drink will probably prevent people from experiencing medical traumas.


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