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Scottish pols challenge high-alcohol wine

Nov. 20, 2006 at 8:25 PM

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Scotland's first minister blames Buckfast Tonic Wine for much anti-social behavior among young people.

Jack McConnell agreed with the health and justice ministers, who have both condemned the wine for its high alcohol content, The Scotsman reported.

"It's not only a drink which is particularly attractive to younger people for a number of reasons, but it is also a badge of pride amongst those who are involved in anti-social behavior," McConnell said in an interview with the BBC.

J. Chandler & Co., which distributes Buckfast, said the government is to blame for anti-social behavior for not punishing the individuals responsible.

"The message they are sending out is the wrong one," said a Chandler spokesman, Jim Wilson. "They are blaming the alcohol and the drugs; the message that should be going out is if you commit a crime you will be dealt with by the law, and they are being very foolish in suggesting anything other than that."

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