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Home Office crackdown on underage drinking kicks off

22 November 2007 by
Home Office crackdown on underage drinking kicks off

Pubs, bars and other licensed operators are to be targeted in a Home Office crackdown on under-age drinking that kicks off next month.

The campaign will focus in particular on pubs, clubs and off-licences in areas where there are high levels of alcohol-related crime and disorder. The Home Office said it would target 1,500 premises in 90 areas.

The campaign launched on the day Gordon Brown told a drinks industry seminar in Downing Street that the Government was concerned about co-ordinating efforts to curb under-age and irresponsible drinking.

"We have heard a number of very powerful proposals but it is clear that the solution lies beyond a stream of individual measures," the Prime Minister said.

"It's about creating a cultural shift, having local co-ordination, better education and enforcement and individuals taking personal responsibility."

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