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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Underage Drinkers Successfully Purchase Alcohol Online

Do you ever buy items on-line?  Maybe you order flowers, buy books, buy music, or send a gift to a friend or relative. Did you ever try to buy alcoholic beverages online?  It seems people do buy alcoholic beverages online and a new study shows that underage drinkers (study participants) were able to make a completed purchase in 45% of the purchase attempts.

Keep in mind these types of sites are to offer an age verification feature; however, this study had people ages 18-20 place orders at 100 internet sites that sell alcoholic products. 45 orders were successfully processed and the products were delivered to these underage participants.  It should be noted that the products were shipped via FedEx or United Parcel Service, as the United States Postal Service cannot, by law, ship alcohol products.

Parents might want to preview packages being delivered to their underage children. 

The study was conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was published this week in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

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