Under 21 Alcohol Restrictions Sought

Angry teenager London, UK, Officials Ask Retailers Not to Sell Alcohol to Customers Under Age 21

Facing an epidemic of youth binge drinking, the mayor of London and other officials are backing a call for supermarkets and other “off-license” alcohol retailers to refrain from selling beer, wine and liquor to customers under age 21.

The Daily Mail reported July 17 that the voluntary program was developed by officials in London’s Borough of Croydon and endorsed by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

A pilot program in the town of Armadale in Scotland, where alcohol sales to teens were banned on weekends, cut the rate of assaults and vandalism. In Croydon, bars and clubs have also voluntarily stopped selling to customers under age 21. The legal drinking age in Great Britain is generally 18, although youths younger than that can legally drink in some settings.

“I do think that we have got a huge problem with binge drinking, underage drinking and general abuse of alcohol in this city, and I certainly think that this idea is a very interesting one,” said Johnson. “Where we have got particular problems in particular areas, off-licences and supermarkets should stop the sale of alcohol to the under-21s.”

However, Frank Sodeen of the group Alcohol Concern warned that, “There is a risk that this would alienate people, and it is also difficult to see how it would work unless every shop agreed to take part. Otherwise 20-year-olds will find it pretty easy to find the places where they can still buy alcohol.”

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Grandparent Carers Funding

Grandparents 2 Drugs charity sets up network for grandparent carers

A support network for grandparents bringing up children because of drug abuse is to be set up in London.

Adfam, which supports families affected by drug misuse, has been given £100,000 by the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust.

This will fund a grandparent carer co-ordinator to set up support groups across the capital. It is hoped this will lead to the development of a London-wide grandparent carer network.

This would provide advice, counselling and emotional support by bringing together people suffering the same experiences. Vivienne Evans, chief executive of Adfam, said: “There is currently a chronic lack of support and a host of complex problems facing grandparent carers. The money will go a long way towards rectifying this imbalance.”

The money will be spread over three years. By the last year it is hoped the network will be established and the support groups will be able to run independently as self-help groups.

From; Children & Young People Now

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