‘I can spot them a mile off’: community shopkeepers’ experience of alcohol test-purchasing

Alasdair J.M. Forsyth, Neil Davidson, Anne Ellaway

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    Abstract

    Test-purchasing (using volunteers to attempt an apparent underage purchase) can be used as an enforcement intervention against retailers who sell alcohol to minors. This paper will investigate whether community shopkeepers, familiar with alcohol test-purchasing protocols, are able to distinguish volunteers from genuine underage customers. Thirty-six qualitative interviews were conducted with community shopkeepers, the retailers most often associated with under-age sales, working in convenience stores located in socially-contrasting areas of Glasgow, Scotland, 24 of which were licensed to sell alcohol.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)221-224
    Number of pages4
    JournalDrugs Education Prevention and Policy
    Volume21
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • community shopkeepers
    • Glasgow
    • alcohol sale
    • age verification

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