The Manifesto Club – which also has an ongoing campaign against the alcohol ban on the London Underground – says adults in their late 20s and 30s are being “infantilised” by constant age checks and thousands of innocent adults are being penalised by not being able to make legal drink purchases.
A survey by the organisation found that young people of legal drinking age were only able and willing to show ID to buy alcohol in 46% of attempted purchases. In 35% of incidents where ID was asked for, they left empty-handed.
The report’s author Dolan Cummings said that Challenge 21 and 25 policies are causing confusion among shopworkers about what the legal age limit is for buying alcohol, with store staff frequently refusing sales to people over 18 but under 25.
Cummings said: “The assumption until now has been that there’s no harm in it but many people find it demeaning to be continually asked for ID.”