NEW BRUNSWICK - Two state lawmakers are urging New Jersey's college and university presidents to ban from their campuses alcoholic energy drinks, commonly known as 'blackout in a can.'

Sens. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex) and Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) wrote letters to presidents of 25 colleges and universities across the Garden State to ask that they ban Four Loko, a fruit-flavored, caffeine-infused drink.

The letters say an immediate statewide campus ban is necessary because of the risks involved with students consuming too much of the substance and the potential for widespread alcohol-related sickness.

The Senators' request comes after 23 alcohol-related hospitalizations of Ramapo University students, some of whom had reportedly been drinking the alcoholic energy beverages.