The pub industry in Scotland and across the UK is fully committed to tackling underage drinking by enforcing the legal purchase age.
In October 2011, the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 was amended by the introduction of a new, mandatory condition for all premises licences and occasional licences. This stipulates that there must be an age verification policy in relation to the sale of alcohol on the premises. The section has set a minimum age of 25 years for the policy where it appears to the person selling the alcohol that the customer may be under the age of 25 years.
The introduction of Challenge 25 in Scotland, and the promotion of the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) underpinning it was and continues to be actively supported by a range of trade associations, including the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA), the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC), the Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF), the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA), and BII Scotland.
Acceptance of PASS cards is also promoted as part of the Challenge 25 scheme.
The SBPA makes Challenge 25 posters available to all members with pubs in Scotland. The posters, and a range of Challenge 25 resources, can also be downloaded free of charge from the Challenge 25 website along with advice for young people and retailers and enforcers on relevant proof-of-age.