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Call on shops to restrict strong beer in Blackburn with Darwen
12:00pm Tuesday 7th January 2014 in News
SOME off-licences will be asked to agree to restrict the sale of super-strong beers, lagers and ciders under a new regime being considered by councillors.
Blackburn with Darwen borough is also looking at asking all premises that sell booze to commit to demanding proof of age from anyone who looks under-25.
Both are part of a new draft public health alcohol strategy being devised for the borough.
A report to the council’s licensing committee tonight reveals that 44 out of 326 pubs, clubs and off-licences were found to have served under-18s in 2012/2013 at least once and 26 per cent of 14 to 17-year-olds admitted to drinking alcohol at least once a week.
It wants to see licensees in areas where super-strength booze has caused concern to voluntarily sign agreements not to sell the products and for all to implement ‘Challenge 25’.
Public health chiefs want the council to call for a minimum unit price for alcohol of 50p.
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