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4. Energy Drink Crisis
Two years ago sensational reporting about the allegedly unique hazards posed by alcoholic energy drinks led to a federal crackdown that forced the reformulation of malt beverages like Four Loko, which no longer contain caffeine. That change did not satisfy crusading journalists such as New York Times business reporter Barry Meier, because it turns out that ordinary energy drinks still contain caffeine—enough to kill you, maybe. If you consume all 18 servings in a bottle of MiO energy drink concentrate, Meier reported on October 23, you will get 1,060 milligrams of caffeine—"more than enough, health specialists say, to sicken children and some adults, and even send some of them to the hospital." Meier also has suggested that two 24-ounce cans of Monster Energy drink, containing substantially less caffeine than two 16-ounce cups of Starbucks coffee, pose a deadly threat to consumers.
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