Thursday, 27 May 2010

Tales of drinking habits

Blame a Benedictine is the Scottish Labour Party’s latest catch-cry. The tonic wine produced by the monks of Buckfast Abbey is facing prohibition. Members of the Scottish Parliament are soon to vote on the Buckfast ban after Labour made the measure the keystone of its plans to tackle the country’s binge drinking epidemic.

The problem, says Labour, is the caffeine content of the drink. Jackie Baillie, the Party’s health spokesman, said: “Caffeine in alcohol creates wired, wide-awake drunks and that’s where the problems are. If you don’t take the early opportunity to do this then you will end up as America where there is a huge number of drinks with caffeine added.”
While he’s on the subject of drinking and health, spokesman Baillie might like to consider what to do with the latest Californian fad drink — the “PB&C” which a Daily Telegraph reporter describes as “a monstrosity of a milkshake” that is a “heart stopping ensemble of ice cream, peanut butter and heavy cream” that is “presented in a giant 24 ounce cup the whole gloopy, gooey mess contain[ing] 2,010 calories, the total recommended daily allowance for a woman and only slightly fewer calories than are suggested for men.”
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