Ramapo bans alcohol energy drinks

MAHWAH - (AP) - A New Jersey college has banned caffeinated alcoholic beverages fearing they could lead to what officials call "blackout in a can."

Ramapo College in Mahwah took the action after 23 people were hospitalized for alcohol intoxication at the start of the fall semester.

Police Chief James Batelli tells The Record newspaper college students aren't the only ones consuming the fruity drinks. Batelli says complaints were brought against three Mahwah High School students after they were found to have or been intoxicated by Four Loko.

The drink has an alcohol content of 12 percent. It is sold only in liquor stores in New Jersey. But it might be available in convenience stores in other states.

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