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Harvard University officials are warning students about a potent new drink containing both alcohol and caffeine called Four Loko.
"We strongly recommend that members of the Harvard community do NOT drink Four Loko and urge your friends to do the same," Harvard officials wrote to students in an e-mail last week.
The e-mail said that dozens of college students around the country, including students from Harvard, had needed medical treatment after drinking the beverage.
College and health officials nationwide are concerned about the new drink. They say the caffeine masks the effects of the alcohol so the full effect of the alcohol takes drinkers by surprise.
Phusion Projects LLC, the company that makes the drink, has argued that drinking alcohol and caffeine together has been done safely for years. It also says that it markets its products responsibly and only to those of legal drinking age.
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