Student group hits back at under-21 off-trade ban

By Paul Collins

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CARDAS: U-21 ban is just to grab headlines
CARDAS: U-21 ban is just to grab headlines
A newly formed student led coalition has slammed the Scottish Government's plans to ban under-21s from buying alcohol in the off-trade. The Coalition...

A newly formed student led coalition has slammed the Scottish Government's plans to ban under-21s from buying alcohol in the off-trade.

The Coalition Against Raising The Drinking Age In Scotland (CARDAS) believes the ban is "just to grab headlines".

The group is made up of the National Union of Students (NUS), the Scottish Youth Parliament, Northern Services, the Coalition of Higher Education Students Scotland (CHESS), and a number of individual university student unions.

It is calling for Scottish leaders to tackle the causes of anti social behaviour and has put forward a number of proposals such as greater education on alcohol awareness at a younger age, a ban on irresponsible advertising and a ban on drinks promotions.

Spokesman Tom French said: "It's ludicrous that you can get married, buy a house, join the army and fight on the front line - but you can't buy a bottle of wine to have over dinner with friends.

"Alcohol can fuel anti-social behaviour, but not everyone who drinks wants to smash a window, throw a brick or hit someone round the head. We need to get to the root of the problem."

He added: "CARDAS is aware of the dangers that alcohol causes. By raising the age however, it will turn alcohol into a forbidden fruit and could cause more problems.

"Issues such as unemployment, social deprivation and poverty need to be explored as to why alcohol abuse is a problem."

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