Support for rise in alcohol purchasing age

14 December 2007 by
Support for rise in alcohol purchasing age

Popular support for raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 years old is growing, according to a new report.

In a survey of 1,015 people conducted on behalf of BBC 2's Newsnight, 51% agreed or strongly agreed with the suggestion of raising the legal drinking age.

Changes to the limit were opposed by 47%.

The poll shows that women favour the rise more than men with 57% of women supporting a change in the law, compared with 46% of men.

Amongst younger drinkers - those aged 18 to 24 - 61% were opposed to the limit being raised.

The majority of people are also against cut-price alcohol in supermarkets with just 26% believing there was nothing wrong with supermarkets selling beer for as low as 22p per can.

30% believed supermarkets should act more responsibly when retailing alcohol.

Nearly a quarter (23%) believed that drinks manufacturers should prevent beer being sold so cheaply but just 17% believed this was something the Government should legislate for.

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By Christopher Walton

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