Underage Drinking “Can’t be Stopped”

Ending underage drinking is unattainable, a Scots health minister has acknowledged. Deputy Health Minister Tom McCabe of Scotland asserted that a more realistic goal is to help young persons drink safely.

The announcement was made as the Scottish Executive unveiled a guide to help parents discuss drinking with their children.

The health leader said “ideally we’d like an end to under-age drinking in Scotland but a more realistic goal is to help youngsters understand the risks and keep safe when they drink.”


  • Under-age drinking “can’t be stopped.” Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland), 1-21-04.