MSPs call for Buckfast ban

10 November, 2010

A ban on caffeinated alcohol drinks, which would effectively result in a ban on Buckfast tonic wine in Scottish shops, has been called for by the Labour group in the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs want to see caffeine in alcoholic drinks limited to 150mg a litre, less than half found in Buckfast, although their amendment to the Alcohol Bill is not likely to win support from enough political rivals to make it law.

The call comes following research in the US which claims that a mixture of alcohol and caffeine makes people more likely to commit sexual offences or to be involved in drink-driving incidents.

Michigan and Oklahoma have banned caffeinated alcohol this month.

The producers of Buckfast dispute links between their product and antisocial behaviour in Scotland, arguing that the brand is not disproportionately involved with binge drinking or criminal activity.

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