Jersey could raise drinking age to 21

11 September, 2008

Jersey is looking at the possibility of raising the legal purchasing age for alcohol from 18 to 21, according to reports from the Channel Island.

Ministers are concerned about the level of antisocial drinking, particularly in St Helier, and a new green paper has set out proposals for dealing with the problem. These include tougher penalties for shops which sell to children, and measures to deter minors from attempting to buy alcohol.

The paper also suggests raising the legal purchasing age from 18 to 21, according to the Jersey Evening Post.

Scotland is already considering such a move in order to tackle its problem of under-age drinking, but trade associations have expressed opposition to the plans.




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