Is your kid buying alcohol on the ‘net?

September 15, 2006 at 9:10 am 1 comment

There’s a chance that one day, in the future, you’ll sit down with a kid and say, “In my day, you’d have to bribe a friend’s older brother to buy you alcohol down at the store.”

Your kid will look at you, scratch his head and say, “Someone else had to buy it? Why didn’t you just do it yourself on the Internet?”

Two percent of teens surveyed in 2006 have admitted to buying alcohol online while 12 percent say they have a friend who does. Even if your kid isn’t buying the alcohol, there’s a chance they’ll drink some bought by a friend.

Why? Well, with states expanding laws broadening online liquor sales and really no way to verify the age of someone buying said beverage, it is easy for a teen to purchase alcohol online.

Unfortunately, since not many are trying to address this problem, you can probably assume that more and more teens will buy their alcohol on the ‘net unless liquor companies are required to sell only to authenticated users.

Can this be a possibility? Sure. As more and more schools are discussing authenticating children when they enter school, by the time they turn to the internet to buy a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black, the liquor purveyor could easily have set up a way to authenticate purchasers to ensure that they are of age. One more way to keep those kids in line!

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