Change drink laws, say young

The Press 29/08/2009

More than two-thirds of people want the alcohol purchase age returned to 20, including half of young respondents, a survey of Press readers shows.

…A survey of 450 Press readers showed 50 per cent of those aged under 30 want the purchase age returned to 20. Seventy per cent of this group said the lower drinking age contributed to greater numbers of teenagers having access to alcohol. Twenty was a more responsible age, as those younger were still subject to the “hormonal rush of the teens”, one reader said. Support for raising the purchase age was higher in older age groups, with about 70 per cent overall agreeing this was a good way to reduce harm among teenagers.