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06/07/00
Clampdown on Young Drinkers
- Council uses Blair incident to hit pubs

EVERYONE knows that Tony Blair's son Euan is one of only thousands of underage drinkers in London but now it seems the powers that be have decided to do something about it.

Westminster Council, the local authority in charge of Leicester Square where Euan was found drunk and incapable on Wednesday night, plans a big clampdown on alcohol imbibing youngsters.

"Westminster will launch its own investigation into whether a child is able to purchase alcohol from the pubs and bars in and around Leicester Square," said a council spokesperson. "We will consider objecting to the renewal of the licence of any establishment which is found to have allowed underage drinking. We are determined to root out this sort of activity."

Good luck to them, you might say and you'd be wrong. In the rest of Europe, youngsters are served alcohol from age 16, not 18 as in the UK, and drinkers of all ages are not saddled with the ridiculous licensing laws that close most pubs by 11 o'clock at night. It is these laws which encourage teenagers such as Euan to drink quickly and dangerously, before the bell rings last orders or the bar staff spot that tell-tale the lack of facial hair growth.




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