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The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs on Sunday approved a bill proposed by Kadima MK Yohanan Plesner forbidding adults from purchasing alcoholic drinks for minors.
According to the bill, violation of the law will be punishable by three months imprisonment.
According to the motion, which will now be passed on for legislation as a government bill, recent publications and research have shown a growing trend in teenagers who are not able to purchase alcohol on their own asking for help from an adult.
According to Plesner, the growing phenomena of teenage alcohol consumption, sometimes to the point that hospitalization is required, forces the government to intervene and try to prevent teenagers from getting their hands on alcohol.
So far, the law has yet to prohibit the purchase of a drink for a minor, something the MK called a "loophole that must be closed".
Plesner told Ynet, "Dealing with drinking among minors is an important and essential part of the struggle against violence and road accidents together. The permissive norms are like throwing fuel on the flames."
Meanwhile, the Education Ministry on Sunday instructed teachers to begin an education program for the prevention of alcohol consumption among teens as early as the fifth grade.
Teachers will be required to talk with students of the damages of alcohol, and a pamphlet is already being distributed to fifth graders around Israel. The pamphlet is titled, 'The party" and includes educational stories of children who have experimented with alcohol and suffered negative consequences.
Yaheli Moran Zelikovich contributed to this report