Manx politician: let 16-year-olds buy alcohol in pubs

By Lesley Foottit

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ID: alcohol purchase illegal until 18
ID: alcohol purchase illegal until 18
A Manx politician is pushing for the legal age to buy alcohol in pubs to be dropped to just 16, in an attempt to teach teenagers responsible...

A Manx politician is pushing for the legal age to buy alcohol in pubs to be dropped to just 16, in an attempt to teach teenagers responsible drinking.

Bill Malarkey, member of Manx parliament House of Keys, told the BBC that several young people he spoke to on the streets said they drank for a lack of something else to do.

Currently, 16-year-olds are allowed in pubs but cannot purchase alcohol until they are 18.

Marlarkey, who is heading the island's drug and alcohol strategy, said that if 16 to 18-year-olds were allowed to drink in pubs, then they wouldn't do it on the streets.

The Isle of Man's police have agreed to discuss lowering the age limit, but expressed concern that such a move could encourage teenagers to drink more.

The argument to lower the age to buy alcohol to 16 in pubs surfaced in 2007. Then, JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin and Punch chief executive Giles Thorley were strong advocates, as well as some senior doctors and policeman.

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