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Private stores far more likely to sell booze to minors

Government outlets twice as diligent in checking IDs of underage drinkers, province's study finds.

by Andrew MacLeod, from TheTyee.ca

Underage drinkers wanting to buy alcohol in British Columbia are four times as likely to succeed at some private liquor stores than they are at the government's stores.

Overall, people selling liquor in the province comply with the requirement to ask anyone who appears under 25 years old for two pieces of identification just 29 per cent of the time, the general manager of the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch Karen Ayers told a workshop at the recent Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in Whistler. Ayers is an assistant deputy minister in B.C.'s Ministry of Housing and Social Development, which is responsible for liquor control.

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Posted: October 21, 2010

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