Kansas liquor officials are taking a hard look at a strong drink that's been banned in three states.
The drink, called Four Loko, mixes the caffeine of an energy drink and the alcohol content of wine in a 23.5-ounce can that sells for about $2 at local liquor stores.
One can contains the alcohol equivalent of a nearly full bottle of wine, combined with the caffeine of three cups of coffee.
Michigan and Washington have banned the malt beverage and similar products after reports that the mixture caused blackouts and, in one case, a heart attack, among college-age drinkers. Oklahoma is phasing the drink out from its store shelves, allowing liquor stores to sell their remaining stock but prohibiting further supplies from being brought into the state.
Freda Warfield, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said Kansas officials have had no reports of incidents related to the beverage. But they are closely monitoring the situation in other states and an ongoing investigation by the Food and Drug Administration, she said.
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