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Williams, Rebecca S (2013) Letter to the Editor: underage internet alcohol sales on ebay. Addiction , 108 , (7) , pp. 1346-1348.

External website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.121...

Preventing youth access to alcohol online is a burgeoning concern for legislators trying to rein in this growing $2.4-billion-a-year industry [1,2]. While some of this industry’s sales come from small independent wineries and craft brewers, many large internet alcohol vendors (IAVs) with expansive reaches exist. Some have a narrow focus on alcohol, such as Wine.com, which ships 2.5 million bottles annually, doubling their revenue over the past 5 years [3]. Other online giants such as eBay.com and QVC.com offer alcohol in a diverse online marketplace. The popularity of online alcohol sales has even prompted online market-place industry leader Amazon.com to start selling alcohol recently [4], increasing youths’ exposure to opportunities to buy alcohol online.


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