The original Four Loko was banned for a reason. The crazy mixture of caffeine, alcohol, and sugar led to several cases of alcohol poisoning and hospitalizations in the U.S., utlimately giving the government a reason to ban caffeinated alcoholic beverages and take a stance against mixtures like Red Bull and vodka.

Yet tucked away in the quaint English countryside, a group of monks at Buckfast Abbey have been producing a caffeinated tonic wine in bulk since the 1890s. Called Buckfast wine, the tonic wine is sweet and flavored, complete with caffeine that gives its drinkers an energized buzz. It’s especially popular among Scottish young people and hooligans, referred to as "neds," who have coined the classic phrase, “the Buckie made me do it!” whenever they get into drunken shenanigans. It sounds pretty great, right?

Lately, however, Buckfast Abbey has been under fire from people who are concerned about the safety of the wine. Buckfast wine has been associated with young, reckless drinkers who commit crimes while intoxicated; it’s fuel for debauchery, in other words. "Drunk by noon, handcuffed by midnight." It certainly doesn't seem plausible that pious Benedictine monks are behind this.

As a result of several crimes associated with the wine, the Scottish Parliament is considering a ban on Buckfast — or at least regulating it more, according to The New York Times. They hope to trigger a change in the recipe to remove the caffeine, but Buckfast Abbey seems to be rather steadfast in its approach to the classic drink. In fact, the Abbey has stated that there is yet no medical evidence that the drink is dangerous to one's health or mental ability, and stands behind the argument that it's alcohol in general that makes people do crazy things, not Buckfast wine.

The Food and Drug Administration has been on top of this for a few years now, in the U.S. at least. In 2010, the FDA released warning letters to several companies that added caffeine into their alcoholic beverages, noting that "caffeine can mask sensory cues that people may rely on to determine how intoxicated they are." In other words, when drinking too much usually leads to puking and passing out (preventing the person from drinking more), caffeinated alcoholic beverages keep the person high-energy and awake for much longer, giving them the chance to drink far more without realizing it.

There haven't been any studies that prove that Buckfast wine is more dangerous than regular wine or alcohol. But according to the BBC, Buckfast was mentioned in some 6,500 Strathclyde Police crime reports between 2010 and 2012. Whether that's going to make a difference in Scottish regulation is yet to be found out; in the meantime, the monks continue to churn out their tonic wine and make their living off it.