Warrington warns off-licences

Warrington Borough Council is trying to stop children and young people buying alcohol from off-licences as part of a series of measures to tackle under-age drinking.

The initiative follows a Trading Standards test of 64 off-licences and supermarkets in the borough in 2003, in which 56 per cent sold alcohol to a 15-year-old volunteer.

A media relations-based campaign will call on shop owners and employees to ask for proof of age and advises on how to deal with youngsters who try to buy alcohol and are aggressive when refused.

It will be followed up by a further programme of tests and an education campaign on the effects of binge drinking next year.

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