But here in Oregon—where the caffeine-infused drink with 12 percent alcohol is sold statewide—most government and health-care officials are far less alarmist.
Emergency-room doctors from Oregon Health & Science University and Legacy Emanuel Hospital say they haven't noticed an uptick in alcohol poisoning from the energy drink. Unlike his counterpart in Washington, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger isn't taking a position, says his spokesman, Tony Green. And Theresa Marchetti from Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement didn't return a phone call about whether alcoholic energy drinks would be included in the city's proposed alcohol impact area.
Meantime, Four Loko's presence in the culture continues to grow. There's no dearth of YouTube videos of people chugging the stuff.