Teenage girl takes on beer binge
By Echo Shan (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2005-11-13 16:36
A teenage girl dressed in school uniform gulps
down a bottle of beer as her school fellows look on at a roadside drink
stall in Haizhu District of Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province on
November 12, 2005. The bold girl is seen later vomitting due to the beer
binge. [Guangzhou Daily]
China Banning alcohol sale to minors
China has come up with a first nationwide regulations on managing alcohol
sales, including a ban on selling alcohol to minors, China Youth Daily reports.
The "Alcohol Circulation Management Regulations" enacted Thursday by the
nation's Ministry of Commerce are set to get into effect January 1, 2006.
The regulations set up systems to supervise alcohol venders, and include a
registration and tracing system.
The new rules also stipulate that trade administration departments at all
government levels cannot block or undermine the legal circulation of alcohol
products. This is being widely viewed as an effort by the central government to
curb protectionism in regional trade.
The report did not say how those who don't obey the new regulations would be
The action follows a recent trend in some major urban areas. In March of this
year, the Shanghai municipal government carried out a rule banning the sale of
alcohol to minors, the Xinhua news agency said.
According to that regulation, selling cigarettes and alcohol to minors is
Adults cannot help minors buy such products, nor are they permitted to smoke
in school classrooms, libraries or any location where children are frequently
present. All stores selling cigarettes and alcohol are required to post "No
Cigarette and Alcohol Sales to Minor" warning signs.