Suit Claims Four Loko Caused Permanent Heart Damage

Suit Claims Four Loko Caused Permanent Heart DamageThe first personal injury lawsuit pertaining to the old formula of the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko has been filed in New Jersey over alleged heart damage caused by consumption of the infamous beverage.

Tire salesman Michael Mustica, 22, claims that during a visit to Atlantic City in October of last year, he consumed two and a half cans of Four Loko and fell asleep, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger. When he woke up, he allegedly had trouble breathing and a rapid heart rate that prompted his friends to call an ambulance. Doctors allegedly determined that Mustica was suffering from heart arrhythmia, and the personal injury lawsuit claims that this condition was caused by his consumption of Four Loko.

The old formula of Four Loko reportedly contained 12 percent alcohol and the same quantity of caffeine that can be found in two cups of coffee. Several college students have been hospitalized after consuming the beverage, prompting some universities and states to ban the drink.

Four Loko has since changed the formula to exclude the caffeine, maintaining that the combination between alcohol and caffeine is safe. Certain advocates have claimed, however, that the stimulant properties of caffeine mask the intoxication created by the alcohol, creating risk of injury, according to Fox News.