Teens Buying Alcohol Online
Online Survey: Millions of Teens May Have Bought Alcohol Through the Internet
WebMD News Archive
Aug. 11, 2006 -- Underage drinking may be going online, a new online survey
According to the survey, more than 3 million minors have a friend who has
bought alcohol online and more than half a million have done so themselves.
The survey didn't actually include millions of teens. Those figures are
based on about 1,000 youths aged 14-20 who took the survey.
The survey was done in April by Teen Research Unlimited for the Wine &
Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc., a national trade association.
"Millions of minors are either buying, or know someone who is buying,
wine, beer, and liquor online and having it home delivered without an ID check,
while many more are already visiting web sites that sell alcohol," states
the survey report.
Among the results:
- 2% reported having bought alcohol online.
- 12% reported having a friend who had bought alcohol online.
- Nearly 1 in 10 said they had visited a web site that sells alcohol.
- Nearly 4 in 10 thought alcohol is available by Internet.
Two-thirds of the participants said they "definitely will not" buy
alcohol online before they turn 21. But the rest didn't rule out the
And while most participants (81%) said their parents trusted their judgment
when using the Internet, three-quarters said their Internet activities can't be
controlled by their parents.
At least a third of participants said they thought it would be easy to get
wine, wine coolers, beer, and liquor online.
Many weren't concerned about enforcement. Nearly half (45%) said they didn't
think they would get caught if they ordered alcohol online or over the
It's not clear if the participants represent all youth their age.
The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America supports state-based alcohol
control and opposes "illegal direct shipping," says the association's