The problem of underage drinking, which have bearing on policing are:
Since the reasons of underage drinking can be
The issue meds to be addressed from the point of view of JJ (care and protection) Act as the juvenile may come in contact with police because of underage drinking as a victim on as an offender in the above categories of delinquent behaviour. Further, there are very few legal sanctions for underage drinking except for booking persons supplying alcohol to underage. At present, the penal provisions relating to underage drinking are in:
The extent of underage drinking is not known in the absence of any study in this regard. We will need to collect data from traffic police on No. of challans of underage drivers, No. of challans by local police of the restaurants, bar & pubs for underage drinking and the licensing branch.
Since the studies done in UK & US have liked the underage drinking to failures of the servers or vendors to check IDs before selling alcohol, availability of alcohol, non availability of good hang out places which do not serve alcohols, not enforcing the sanctions strictly enough on violation of licence terms, if we need to address the issue, a policy on this issue need to evolve.