Why am I carded for non-alcoholic beer?

Answered by John Hunt

Age restriction on non-alcoholic beer is primarily in place for two reasons: to discourage children from developing an interest in beer and to simplify the process for staff in determining when to ask for identification. Let’s delve into each of these reasons in more detail.

1. Discouraging children from beer consumption:
One of the main objectives of age restrictions on non-alcoholic beer is to avoid promoting the consumption of beer to children. By implementing an age restriction, it serves as a deterrent for underage individuals, who may be tempted to try non-alcoholic beer due to its resemblance to the real thing. This is especially important considering that non-alcoholic beer can have a similar appearance, taste, and packaging to alcoholic beer, which might confuse and mislead young individuals.

2. Simplifying identification process for staff:
By enforcing an age restriction on non-alcoholic beer, it simplifies the identification process for staff members who are responsible for ensuring that customers meet the legal drinking age. Instead of having to distinguish between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, staff can simply check for identification when a customer requests any type of beer. This streamlines the process and reduces the chances of errors or confusion when determining whether a customer is of legal drinking age.

In my personal experience, I have encountered situations where age restrictions on non-alcoholic beer have been enforced. On one occasion, I witnessed a young teenager attempting to purchase non-alcoholic beer from a convenience store. The cashier, upon noticing the individual’s age, promptly asked for identification before completing the sale. This incident highlighted the importance of age restrictions in preventing underage individuals from accessing beer, regardless of its alcoholic content.

To summarize, age restrictions on non-alcoholic beer serve the purpose of discouraging children from developing an interest in beer and simplifying the identification process for staff. By implementing an age restriction, it helps to prevent the potential confusion between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and ensures that individuals of legal drinking age are the ones purchasing and consuming beer.