Police want loophole in law on sale of alcohol to minors eliminated

Police want loophole in law on sale of alcohol to minors eliminated

The Community Relations Branch (CRB) of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force wants a legal age to be established for the consumption of alcohol.

The call was made by Corporal Ted King of the CRB during the MBC Television program – Police Insight, last night.

While the program made it clear that there was an age stipulation for the consumption of alcoholic beverages on premises licensed to sell intoxicating liquor, King said the powers that be should implement an age limit so that alcohol would not be sold to minors at other places such as supermarkets.

“Some people don’t care whether they sell to minors, they just care about the money,” the CRB official declared.

He also suggested that a law be introduced requiring identification before alcohol can be bought.

“In New York if you are not twenty one years old you cannot buy alcohol,” King noted.

The CRB official quoted from a recent survey conducted by the Substance Abuse Advisory Council Secretariat , which indicated that Saint Lucia has a major problem with alcohol consumption.

According to King, the survey asserted that there was a “love affair” between teenagers and alcohol and found that the majority of the some 1000 respondents had consumed alcohol before the age of eleven.



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  1. Nice
    September 14, 2015 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Thanks for improving your comments section:)

  2. Nick
    September 14, 2015 at 4:25 pm Reply

    There are already some stipulations for the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverage in Saint Lucia. Adults are forbidden from selling alcohol to children for their own consumption and they must also ensure the bottle is sealed. Canada has varied age limits for the purchase and and consumption of alcohol that could serve as a model for us. Some Provinces stipulate age 18 while others say age 21 for both purchase and consumption. Alcohol must be transported in the boot not on the seat and sealed. I think should stipulate age 18 to buy and consume alcohol. Alcohol must also be consumed in the home, bar, restaurant. A special licence can be issued for a group with very strict and enforceable stipulations.

  3. Pulcheria Willie
    September 14, 2015 at 4:53 pm Reply

    Why can’t Saint. Lucia make their own laws on things that affect Saint Lucia? There are too many young alcoholics and we could see the danger that this is causing so the health officials and the government should come together and create a concession and come up with the age of propriate drinking or selling to or buying alcohol. It’s our country it should be our government making the rules

  4. Evette
    September 17, 2015 at 12:11 am Reply

    Thanks to Copral King and members of the CRB, for your great effort in trying to curb and control the use of alcohol among the young people….I say Bravo!!!

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