Commission proposes ban on Buckfast

27 May, 2010

A ban on alcoholic drinks with high caffeine content could result in Buckfast tonic wine disappearing from shelves in Scottish shops.

The Labour Party’s Alcohol Commission has recommended that caffeine levels in alcoholic drinks should be restricted to 150 mg/litre because products with more caffeine tended to create “wide awake drunks”.

Buckfast has a 375 mg/litre caffeine content and has been blamed by some for antisocial drinking problems in Scotland – a claim its distributor J Chandler fiercely disputes.

The commission, which was set up to examine alternatives to some of the SNP group’s proposals to deal with problem drinking, also recommended that under-25s should present ID before being served alcohol.

It was chaired by Professor Sally Brown, of Stirling University.

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