I therefore submit that this law be seriously considered for repeal based on the following grounds :
– The law infringes on civil liberties by instituting an assumption of criminality on the part of those engaged in perfectly legal behaviour, i.e. the purchase of alcohol by over-18s.
– The law imposes an unfair burden of proof upon those engaged in legal activity, by requiring them to carry identification in order to engage in a legal transaction.
– The law imposes an unnecessary burden on retailers by requiring them to carry out the checks
– The law imposes an unnecessary burden on employees by holding them personally responsible – and liable to a fine – if they make an error of judgement or fail to ask for ID
– There is scant evidence that the law has had any real impact on levels of underage drinking or antisocial behavior
– There is evidence that the law increases other forms of criminal behaviour – for example, Identity theft and the forgery of identity documents; and the purchase of alcohol by over-eighteens for the consumption of minors
– It should be noted that the countries in Europe with the lowest rates of underage drinking and its associated problems are those which take a more liberal and holistic approach to alcohol education, for example encouraging families to discuss alcohol with their children and treating alcoholic drinks, consumed in moderation, as a regular part of a healthy diet, instead of a means to get drunk and something too dangerous for under-18s to experience.