How much of an issue is underage on-line sales of alcohol?

The BBC are reporting that as retailers are doing better at doing age checks that underage on-line sales are becoming a problem.

They draw this from a report by Dr Adrian Barton at the Centre for Research in Sustainable Leadership, Governance and Policy, Plymouth University.

But I don’t think the report quite says what the BBC imply.

Rather what the report suggests that this may be a way that young people try to access alcohol and that there are weaknesses in the age verification process on some sites that the researchers visited.

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