Tackling under-age drinking

Drinks company Diageo and Edinburgh Unight (the self-regulatory body of Edinburgh’s late night licensed premises) are working together to tackle harmful drinking in the city. At a local high school Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill joined a group of sixth year pupils as they observed a presentation led by Unight on the subject of under-age entry to pubs and clubs, just days before new legislation came into force on 1 October making it mandatory for licensed premises to have a policy of checking the age of anyone attempting to buy alcohol who looks under 25 years old.
Following a successful trial, Kenny MacAskill is confident that the ‘Challenge 25’ provisions will help keep retailers within the law by making it tougher for young people to buy alcohol.
Furthermore, the ‘Is it worth it?’ initiative will give every pupil over the age of 16 in Edinburgh the opportunity to see a short film which graphically shows the potential consequences of trying to get into nightclubs under age.
For more information see the following link http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2011/09/27115815