Manx politician suggests legal alcohol for 16-year-olds

13 July, 2010

Reducing the legal drinking age on the Isle of Man could encourage sensible alcohol consumption, it has been suggested.

Bill Malarkey, the member of the House of Keys who is heading up the islandís drug and alcohol strategy, said that young people were drinking alcohol on the streets because they were not legally allowed to buy it in pubs until they were 18.

The idea of reducing the legal purchasing age to 16 is something the islandís police say they are willing to debate. But chief constable Mike Langdon has warned that the plan risked encouraging teenagers to drink more.




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