Remember Four Loko, the alcoholic-laced high-caffeine beverage that was linked to alcohol poisoning, car accidents and assaults? The one that was so popular on college campuses for its ability to get you drunk but not sleepy?
Well, as you may know, most of those big 23.5-ounce cans of Four Loko and other caffeinated malt beverages like it were pulled off the shelves after the FDA issued warning letters to the beverage makers calling the drink an “unsafe food additive.”
So what became of all those ounces of dangerous liquid? Did it get poured down the drain? Well, no. As a matter of fact, you may soon be pouring it into your gas tank.
As reported in the New York Post, wholesalers from Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and other East Coast states have started sending cases of the high-alcohol, caffeinated malt beverages to MXI Environmental Services in Virginia, where the company distills the alcohol from the drink, and recycles it into ethanol fuel to be blended into gasoline. Now that is loco.
Wonder if this “additive” gives your car some added pickup…
Oh, and the cans are being recycled too. Into other cans. So the story has kind of a happy ending.
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