Of all the great things about summer, the recent craze for alcoholic ice lollies has to be up there. Whether your drink of choice is a G&T, champagne or a peach bellini, there’s a boozy popsicle out there for you – and the trend shows no sign of slowing down, with an increasing number of supermarkets bringing out their own ranges for summer 2017.
But before you chuck that carton of prosecco ice pops into your trolley, it’s worth considering a new warning from police.
The rise in consumption of alcoholic lollies is creating an increased risk of drunk driving, according to traffic officers in the north east of England.
These ice pops generally have an alcohol content of around 4.5%, the Telegraph reports – roughly the same as a strong lager. However, officers say that people could be lulled into a false sense of security because the alcohol is in frozen form.
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Acting Inspector Harry Simpson, from the Cleveland and Durham Operations Unit, says that alcoholic ice lollies “are becoming really popular and it’s easy to forget that they contain alcohol and aren’t just flavouring.
“On a hot summer’s day it is easy to lose count of how many you have, and then get behind the wheel of a car.”
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Aldi’s new ‘Gianni’s’ ice popsicles range, which comes in gin and tonic and peach bellini flavours, has proved wildly popular this summer, with the supermarket saying it had had trouble keeping up with demand. At 4.5% ABV, they’re less than half as strong as Sainsbury’s frozen cocktails, which contain a shot of rum and come in at 10% ABV.
A spokesperson for Aldi says that the “alcohol content of these products is clearly labelled on the product packaging to help our customers to make informed choices about the alcohol products they buy.”
But if you’re in any doubt, just stick to the following wise words from Inspector Simpson: “If you wouldn’t consider drinking a gin and tonic or cocktail when driving, then you shouldn’t consider having one of these lollies.”