Educational programmes directed towards responsible selling of alcohol to young people
On the basis of the 2013-2020 National Strategy to Combat Addiction of Illegal Harmful Substances and Alcohol Use, CAC aims to surface the adverse consequences related to harmful consumption of alcohol. The objectives are to encourage society to recognize the dangers that such use poses to the health, and the consequent wider implications. Accessibility plays an important role in terms of how early adolescents can begin to consume alcohol and how excessive or not such drinking can be. While many countries regulate the legal age for alcohol consumption, applying this in practice seems to be problematic. Specifically, based on the latest student population survey, ESPAD (2011) in Cyprus, access to alcohol by young people is very high, since almost 50% of students had purchased an alcoholic drink from the store for their own use (last month. The sellers’ compliance regarding minimum age of alcohol use largely depends on their knowledge regarding the relevant legislation, and their willingness to adhere to the law. In order to successfully restrict young people who are under the permitted age limit from accessing alcoholic drinks
Given that people also consume alcohol away from their home premises this can increase the risk of violent incidents in public spaces. Therefore, the provision of education to people that serve or sell alcohol can lead to increased compliance with existing laws, better management of people who are in a state of drunkenness, reducing harm caused by alcohol.