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Don’t bottle it when tackling Buckfast glass health issue

A leading academic has branded Buckfast an environmental health risk and wants the tonic wine bottled in plastic.

Dr Alasdair Forsyth of Caledonian University has just published the results of a study on the amount of broken glass dumped by street drinkers in the West of Scotland.

Broken Buckfast bottles accounted for nearly three out of every five bits of broken glass found in an unnamed town near Glasgow.

In his report, published in the journal Alcohol Insight, Dr Forsyth said: “The majority of this glassware was Buckfast bottles, which were significantly more likely to be smashed than other brands.”

He said the wine accounted for 54% of all dumped glass and 58.7% of smashed glass.

• Full story at the Evening Times, Glasgow.

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