JDW boss attacks teen drink focus

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JDW boss attacks teen drink focus
Tim Martin hits out at the way Government attempts to prevent teenage drinking

JD Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin has hit out at the way the Government attempts to prevent teenage drinking.

Martin says that some of the measures put in place to prevent teen drinkng are having the opposite effect.

I think the idea of trying to prevent 16 and 17-year-olds getting into pubs as your main objective is misplaced​JD Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin.

He told BBC Radio Five that focussing on keeping 17-year-olds out of pubs was only sending them to parks and markets squares to drink shop bought alcohol unsupervised.

Martin said: "I think the idea of trying to prevent 16 and 17-year-olds getting into pubs as your main objective is misplaced.

"I think the real problem is a culture of very heavy drinking at stag parties and birthdays and so on.

Martin added: "By clamping down on 16-year-olds into pubs - and we don't let 16-year-olds into our pubs - I call it 'displacement activity'. It's more difficult for 16-year-olds to get in pubs so what they are doing is getting bought alcohol - usually by their parents 99% of parents of 16-year-olds allow them to drink - they are bought alcohol by their parents and the drinking is usually vodka and it takes place on the beaches and in the market squares.

"So the whole way the problem is being addressed is incorrect."

To listen to the whole interview click here.

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