Sachets of spirits banned

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The Spar supermarket chain has banned sachets of neat spirits called Alcotots because of fears they might appeal to young people.

The move is the latest in the argument over "alcopops", which critics claim are aimed at under-age drinkers. Spar has refused to stock the sachets which contain 25ml of vodka, whisky, brandy, gin and other strong drinks priced between 59p and pounds 1.59.

Tim Jolly, assistant managing director of Spar, said: "We are against this product. It lends itself to misuse among youths and to possible alcohol abuse."