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Internet alcohol sales too easy for minors?

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Minors trying to purchase alcohol at retail stores is nothing new. But buying it over the internet? That's something a little different, and perhaps a lot easier to get away with. UNC researchers are conducting a study to find out just how easy buying booze on the net actually is. On some sites, it's as simple as the click of a mouse. Showing your ID is pretty standard when you buy beer at the store, but can be avoided on the web. A 2006 national survey indicated more than 500,000 minors have bought alcohol online. Alcohol law enforcement officers say catching minors in the store is something they're used to, but on the web, it's a bit more difficult. University of North Carolina researchers received a $400,000 grant to find out more about underage alcohol purchases over the internet. The study is in the preliminary stages, but researchers say they hope to strengthen the age verification systems for products sold over the internet. The same group did a similar study on illegal cigarette sales. It helped put a major dent in online sales to minors. The current study is focusing on 100 websites that sell beer, wine, and liquor. Certain sites, they say, only require the click of a button to confirm the buyer is at least 21. Minors have another hurdle to cross when the alcohol is delivered. One delivery man, Matt Carpenter, explained, "We have to have the signature of someone 21 or older. We have to check the id, if not, we can't leave the package." Avoiding sales tax and variations of laws in other states and countries may also be contributing to the growth of online alcohol sales. The UNC study will involve 18 to 20 year olds that will be under academic and legal supervision while they attempt to buy beer, wine, and liquor over the internet. They will also be given immunity by prosecutors, so they don't get in trouble. The actual click of the button, submitting the alcohol order to be processed, will be done by someone at least 21, to assure the students are not breaking the law. UNC researchers said they hope to have results of the study later this year.

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The liquor wholesalers are behing this study

Dont be fooled. This study is funded and backed by the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America and the NC liquor wholesalers. Their job is to protect the monopoly of the state distributors that dont get a cut of the online sales shipped into there territory. These wholesaler groups donates millions to state legislatures to pass unconstitutional laws so I cant order my alcohol online as a adult. They are against free trade and interstate commerce. They wont talk about local brick and morter liquor stores selling to minors because thats who feeds them. Online companies dont feed them thats why they are against them. Its all about protecting a liquor monopoly that has been around since 1933. They should be ashamed of themselves.

waste of time, money

Seriously? Kids are going to drink, and there is little we can do in addition to the current laws. Is it really appropriate to spend $400,000 to study this when our economy is failing and our government is running a record deficit? Maybe $400,000 on educating kids about the proper use of alcohol would be better spent...

I completely agree with you.

I completely agree with you. If kids can't buy it for themselves then they'll find someone to get it for them and i've seen it many of times. I mean really before they heard about the getting it online bit how do you think they got it before? Duh...people just don;t think about stuff like that and they throw around wads of money to try to fix a situation that is pointless!