I found this on the BBC Scotland bit. With the amount of hassle that was happening on an all too regular occurance, all the towns' booze retailers signed up to a police scheme to only sell drink to over 21s. The link is Here What surprised me is that that the scheme has already been proven so successful in Cleveland (right nice area ) that it has been permanantly adopted. Anyone in that area who can verify this? Personally I think it is a good idea (but I will admit it has been a few years since I was that age and so merrily expect flack for saying so ). Note that pubs don't fall under the rules so with a bit of luck those that will continue drinking will do so in a slightly more regulated environment. This does leave the door open for someone - some junior PM in waiting to make his/her name on, no doubt - to turn around and propose US style rules of over 21s only as a nation wide policy - something I'd be more than a bit leery to suppport. As an after thought, I do find it all a bit of a joke considering this Government's policies for 24 hr drinking. Not really proving to be a workable policy, is it?