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Scottish schoolchildren are now far less likely to buy alcohol from a retailer, according to the Scottish Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS).

The newly published report, which is based on responses from over 25,000 schoolchildren, shows that since 2002, the number of 15-year-old pupils buying alcohol from a shop has fallen from 18% to 6%.

The survey revealed that 27% of young people are now more likely to obtain alcohol from home, 26% will get it from relatives and, most commonly, 39% said their friends were a source of alcohol.

“This marked decline in purchases from shops is very encouraging and clearly shows that retailers have been extremely successful in implementing Challenge 25,” said Scottish Grocers Federation head of public affairs John Lee.

“It also clearly shows how seriously our members take responsible community retailing and their compliance obligations. Our focus now has to be on supporting retailers and our communities in dealing with more complex issues such as proxy purchase.”

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