Spotlight on caffeine ban

19 February, 2010

Alcoholic drinks with a high caffeine content, such as Buckfast tonic wine and Red Square Reloaded, could be banned from shops in Scotland.

Plans to set legal limits on the amount of caffeine in alcoholic drinks have been put forward by the Scottish Labour party ahead of the launch of its Alcohol Commission, which aims to find ways to tackle Scotland’s drink-related violence.

Chaired by education expert Professor Sally Brown, the commission will consider following the lead of Denmark, Iceland and Norway by imposing a legal limit of 15?0mg of caffeine per litre of alcohol.

Buckfast Tonic Wine, which contains 275mg of caffeine per litre bottle, or as much as eight standard cans of cola, would be forced to change its recipe under the proposals or face being outlawed in Scotland.

Halewood International’s Red Square Reloaded has a caffeine level of 420mg per litre, also putting it way above the limit.

Jim Wilson, from Buckfast distributor?J Chandler, denied the link between caffeinated alcohol and violence.

“There’s no evidence and no hard facts that link caffeine and alcohol to making people criminals,” he said.

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