Scottish Courage, the brewing arm of Scottish & Newcastle, has made moves to counter binge drinking in the UK. The company is to scrap "supersize" bottles of cider.

The company will package its cider in bottles with a maximum capacity of two litres from next January, Scottish Courage has announced.

The company has been offering 50% extra free on White Lightning and Symonds Original while Strongbow and Woodpecker have had 25% extra free. Scottish Courage said the move is to support its stance on responsible drinking and to restore value to the cider market.

The Government safe drinking guidelines recommend that adult males drink a maximum of 28 units of alcohol per week. A three-litre bottle of White Lightning contains 22.5 units.