BUCKFAST is to be sold in cans, in a move which is hoped will reduce the chronic level of bottle attacks and injuries in Scotland.
J Chandler, the company that distributes the controversial tonic wine, which is 15 per cent alcohol, has been under pressure for several years to produce the drink in plastic bottles. Research shows a higher proportion of violent offenders use bottles than knives.
Dr Peter Rice, chairman of the Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, said: “The police view is there’d be a lot less hassle if some products weren’t in glass bottles and there’s been research pointing to the environmental impact of glass.
“Buckfast have resisted moves towards plastic bottles so I think on balance this is a move in the right direction.”
J Chandler said 16,000 of the £2.90 cans would be initially produced for the summer season and if successful the 25cl cans will sell alongside the traditional 75cl glass bottle, which retails for over £7.
A spokesman for J Chandler said: “The public health minister for Scotland called on businesses to promote responsible consumption of alcohol and make smaller measures available in January. That’s when we decided we should look at bringing Buckfast out in a smaller unit.”
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: It is important people have the ability to choose a smaller measure if they wish. However the research proves affordability is key in the misuse of alcohol and that the most effective way to tackle this is by setting a minimum unit price.”