The document suggests that retailers should be more culpable if they do not attempt to establish age, the drunk person is “highly intoxicated”, the sale was intended for consumption by a group of children or drunk people and if the offender is in a senior or management position. It also suggested that the retailer should be dealt with harder by the courts if there are few entries in the refusal/incident book.
ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The proposed guidelines are an important step forward in ensuring that sentencing for alcohol sale offences is fair and proportionate.
“Alcohol is an important category for the convenience sector and retailers take their responsibilities in preventing the sale of alcohol to those underage or intoxicated very seriously.”
Lowman also raised the issue that many retailers are often the victims of verbal and physical abuse when refusing the sale of alcohol.
“We need to ensure that the justice system also supports retailers doing their job,” he added.