We're not binge-drinking louts, writes Croydon teen

08 August, 2008

As a resident of Croydon and a member of a family who has been selling alcohol responsibly for more than 60 years, I just had to respond to your story about

the London Borough of Croydon looking at a ban on sales of alcohol to under-21s (OLN, July 25).

I couldn't believe what I was reading . I'm a 19-year-old student who helps out


the family corner shop

at weekends. Would I suddenly be stopped from doing this, or could I continue serving customers without

being allowed to buy alcohol myself? Both options seem absurd and make me feel like I'm being treated like a child.

The council says the ban will be voluntary, but what does that mean? Given the choice,

my friends and I wouldn't voluntarily agree to not

buy booze from off-licences.

Not because we're

binge-drinking louts who like getting into fights , but because we are legally allowed to drink in bars and restaurants, and enjoy relaxed, sociable drinking .

I'm not saying the council shouldn't try to stop under-age kids from

obtaining alcohol and causing trouble when they're drunk, but targeting adults who are over

18 isn't the way to†do it.

Jon, by email

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