New drive to crack down on ‘proxy’ buys

It is illegal for an adult to buy alcohol for anyone under age
It is illegal for an adult to buy alcohol for anyone under age

A new campaign is being launched in North Lanarkshire to reduce the number of adults who buy alcohol for underage drinkers.

This summer, the Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership (SGAIP), the North Lanarkshire Community Safety Partnership and Police Scotland - working closely with local retailers - are launching the campaign in the area to raise awareness of the fact that buying alcohol for anyone under the age of 18 is a criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £5,000 or up to three months in prison, or both.

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 makes it an offence for a person to ‘act as an agent for a child in purchasing or attempting to purchase alcohol’ - known as proxy purchase.

If the trial - starting this week - is successful it will shape future campaigns across Scotland.