Alcoholic energy drink now in England despite fears it turns teens to ‘zombies’
Cans of an alcoholic energy drink – packed with caffeine – are now available in high street and corner shops across England.
Dragon Soop has been available in Scotland for several years and has been blamed for a number of violent attacks.
With four units of alcohol per 500ml can, it has also been accused of leaving teens like "wired wide-awake drunks".
The modern alcopop comes in nine flavours – Dark Fruit Punch, Blue Raspberry, Passion Fruit & Orange, Red Kola, Sour Apple, Strawberry and Lime, Tropical Fruit Punch, Venom and its newest variety Stingray.
And, according to its website it is available at independent retailers, as well as One Stop, Savers, McColls, Costcutter and Nisa, which can be spotted at many smaller shopping parades.
It also costs £2.99 for a 500ml can and is emblazoned with bright colourful designs.
Experts warn the alcohol and caffeine mix mean vulnerable kids risk losing control, with those drunk on it likened to “zombies," The Sun reports.
MSP Jackie Baillie said the combination creates “wired, wide-awake drunks” and has campaigned for a caffeine limit of 15mg per 100ml of alcohol.
The Labour MSP said: "Caffeinated alcohol is quite dangerous. It creates wired, wide-awake drunks.
“The way to resolve it is to introduce a legal limit.”
Alison Douglas, of Alcohol Focus Scotland, told the Sun the flavours were “reminiscent of a sweet shop”.
Dragon Soop's website has a section for warnings, and tells buyers to drink in moderation and reminds them that in the UK the chief medical officer recommends no more than 14 units of alcohol a week.
It also says it is "not suitable for children, pregnant women or persons sensitive to caffeine".
Corinthian Brands which owns Dragon Soop has been approached, but declined to comment.
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