Local Study: Older Patrons Willing to Buy Alcohol for Underage

Leaders in Harrisonburg are trying to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage customers.

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Leaders in Harrisonburg are trying to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage customers.

About a third of surveyed businesses in Harrisonburg were willing to sell alcohol to young people without checking for an ID over the past two months or so. While seven out of ten businesses checked the IDs, new research is showing that other older customers might also be a problem.

"Don't be fooled. Just because we have youth out there that maybe don't have an ID yet, it doesn't mean that they can't get alcohol," explained Philip Harris, who helped conduct the survey.

The survey was conducted by the Strong Families Great Youth Coalition. They sent recruits, who looked about 21 or younger, into businesses selling alcohol that you can take home.

"One of the surveyors came back and informed me that after they had been refused a sale, that there was another person in line behind them who offered to purchase the alcohol for them," said Harris.

That's a problem.

Harris says parents need to be aware of this as their kids are out and about shopping.


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