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Scotland to trial low-alcohol Guinness Beer

manreadingDiageo has announced it is to pilot a low-alcohol version of Guinness in Scotland.

Over three months, some 13 pubs, bars and restaurants in Edinburgh and Fife will serve the reduced alcohol drink called Guinness Mid-Strength.

The new pint will have an alcohol level of 2.8 per cent ABV, compared with 4.1 per cent ABV in regular Guinness.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon last night praised makers Diageo for giving drinkers greater choice.

“Giving consumers this kind of choice is crucial in creating a culture where it’s acceptable and normal to opt for lower-alcohol products,” she said.

The beer has been on trial in Limerick since 2006 and was extended to Dublin the following year.

Steve Hamilton, Diageo director of innovation and nurture, said that Guinness Mid-Strength gives drinkers more choice on occasions when they want to cut down on their alcohol intake but still enjoy Guinness to the full.

Other brands have released lower strength versions of their beers such as Carling C2, which is two per cent ABV.

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