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.