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Caterina Giorgi Demands Age Verification Laws for Online Alcohol Businesses

Caterina Giorgi, CEO of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), has highlighted several loopholes in the laws for the alcohol industry. According to her, the laws should be more stringent to prevent underage alcohol consumption. 

As per the reports, she has identified the lack of identity checks at online alcohol stores which is contributing to increasing underage drinking. The stores do not verify if the customers are fulfilling the legal age requirement for alcohol consumption or intoxication. 

The loopholes in the laws for age verification must be closed to ensure underage buyers and intoxicated individuals are filtered, as per her statement. She also quoted one of her research according to which 87 per cent of the NSW residents believe age verification is essential for online alcohol sales. 

The NSW Parliament is considering laws for online alcohol sales, and health organisations and community are working on common-sense measures that include age verification whenever alcohol is sold online and prevents alcohol delivery at home within two hours of order placement and slate at night. Furthermore, it is reintroducing point of sales age verification to prevent alcohol sales to underage customers no matter when the order is placed, because the risk of delivery exists on the same day as well as online and offline stores. 

Read more: Why online alcohol industry needs robust age verification solutions?