Minors getting alcohol from stores

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 April, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 April, 2002, 12:00am

My teenage son attended the Rugby Sevens with his friends for the first time.

I knew that a lot of alcohol was consumed by some Sevens fans, so I warned him not to be tempted to drink.

I was relieved to learn that the organisers were very strict and would not sell any alcohol to minors.

I wish this was case at all retail outlets in Hong Kong.

My son tells me that a lot of his friends who attend English Schools Foundation and international schools are under-age drinkers and that some convenience stores in the Causeway Bay area openly sell alcohol to them. Identity cards are seldom checked.

What is going on here? I would like to hear from some of the major convenience store chains and find out what their policy is regarding the sale of alcohol and cigarettes to minors.

Are their staff given sufficient training so they can handle teenagers and ensure they do not purchase these products?

This is a serious issue, because alcohol can be very dangerous for young people who do not know how to handle it.


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