How does "Four Loko: Banned in Boston" grab you? The Boston City Council this week will consider a formal inquiry into the health risks posed by Four Loko, a brand of beverages that is what you'd get if you mixed some Red Bull with vodka, then dumped some sugar into it.
City councilors John Connolly and Mark Ciommo - whose Allston/Brighton district is loaded with the sort of people who might drink the stuff - want to convene a session to consider "any appropriate action" the city could take against Four Loko.
The two point to warnings from federal and local college health officials about the risks posed by combining alcohol and caffeine and to efforts by local colleges to get their students to stop drinking the stuff. Last week, a Northeastern student was hospitalized after possibly excessive Four Loko consumption - along with possibly excessive vodka consumption.
Copy of the formal hearing request.