Delivery drivers may refuse to hand over booze if customers look sozzled

DELIVERY drivers may refuse to hand over booze if customers look sozzled.

The move, backed by the big six super­markets and Uber Eats, is aimed at the responsible sale of online alcohol.

By holding back beer, wine and spirit deliveries, it is hoped to stop drink reaching teens or alcoholics.

There will also be more age checks at the ordering stage.

But there are fears drivers may be too strict in judging how drunk customers are on doorsteps.

Organisers promise they will be trained to decide whether or not to hold back a delivery.

Ben Scott, 34, a musician of East London, said: “If I need supplies via Uber Eats on a Zoom party when I’m four beers in, are they going to hold my alcohol back?”

The scheme is run by ­International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, which includes drinks firms Diageo and Heineken — and the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group, made up of supermarkets plus delivery firms.

Albert Baladi, from IARD, said: “This partnership will help prevent minors from buying alcohol and reduce harmful drinking in adults.

“By building on safeguards that have already proven effective in certain countries and sharing new solutions and best practices, we can raise standards globally, from the point of purchase through to delivery.

“We encourage others to join this global collaboration, the first of its kind.”

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