A professor at Curtin University has said on ABC's Radio National that "at least half of young people said that they find it easy to buy alcohol under age." Whilst Mike Daube, Professor of Health Policy at Curtin University, concedes that some retailers are responsible when it comes to selling alcohol to kids, he adds that many are not and contends that governments need to act on it.
The Australian Liquor Stores Association (ALSA) has responded by saying that the comments ignore Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) data. It is contended that the Professor's comments reflected his own personal viewpoint and that it was completely out of touch with available data.
"ALSA and the Retail Packaged Liquor sector take their responsible service of alcohol seriously which is why we developed and continue to promote ID-25 and Don't Buy It For Them to discourage underage attempts at purchase and to educate parents and adults about their responsibility to not purchase alcohol on behalf of minors."
Data available from AIHW indicates that 84% of the supply of liquor to minors is done through parents, older siblings and other adults, including relatives and friends. ALSA highlights this data when stating that most of the alcohol provided to minors is not purchased by them from liquor shops or licensed venues but by others on their behalf.
The CEO of ALSA Terry Mott does agree with the Professor that there is a real need for education of the general public and that adults must take seriously their role in supervising minors around alcohol and its consumption, particularly where groups of minors are concerned.
He said that, "We have long called on government to focus its attention on the real problem of secondary supply and better enforcement of existing legislation around this."
Source : The Shout, 12 May 2015