PM Briceno in Support of Raising Legal Drinking Age to Twenty-One
Prime Minister John Briceno told the media today that he would like to see the legal age for alcohol consumption be adjusted to twenty-one. The subject came up in Cabinet meeting this week. The discussions were dominated by the sugarcane issue, but also included the regulations of the rum industry, and the prevalence of alcoholism in Belize. Prime Minister spoke briefly on the issue.
Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “There has to be a multidimensional approach that is why we have tasked the Ministry of Enterprise, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Human Development to be able to tackle this holistically. It’s a cultural problem that you know from young we’re drinking. If it was left up to me and it’s not agreed so I want to make that clear I would increase the drinking age to 21 if it was left up to me I would enforce it strictly in those restaurants and those bars that anybody that’s in there that should not be there I would close down that bar. Honestly if the United States could do it why can’t we?”