Alcohol Licence Law Challenge 25

Published on October 28th, 2011 | by Dean Carr

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Challenge 25 proving to be a challenge?

O.K., we are all behind the challenge 25 ruling, after all it is designed to stop alcohol sales to under 18’s, but some confused retailers are taking the ruling to a rather odd extreme. There are stories of large chains of shops refusing the sale of alcohol to pensioners….

In one example A One Stop shop refused to sell a Woman of 92 a bottle of whiskey because she couldn’t prove she was over 18 (Despite carrying her free bus pass and a blood donors card). The full story can be read here.

In another case an 87 year old man was asked at a Morrisons checkout to prove he was over 21 in order to buy a bottle of sherry (full story here).  Sounds like a scene involving Victor Meldrew….

To be clear identification is only required if the buyer looks under 25, and not in every case (hence the name Challenge 25!). So come on guys, let the old folk have their daily tipple!

More information about Challenge 25 can be found here.




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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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