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Dog Trained To Detect Underage Drinkers

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In an attempt to help curb underage drinking in Norway, a dog has been trained to sniff out attempts by those not old enough to purchase alcohol.

Tutta, an English Springer Spaniel, reportedly has the ability to help alcohol retailers in Norway find out if a young teen is using fake ID. The legal drinking age in Norway is 18.

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Life With Dogs reports that when someone is nervous they secrete substances into the skin and Tutta has been trained to detect them. Tutta makes visits to various stores and sniffs out those who may be using a fake ID to purchase alcohol.

Vinmonpolet, the Norwegian government-owned alcoholic beverage retailer, is enlisting the help of the dog to detect underage teenagers using phony IDs.

Teenagers that are caught using a fake ID in Norway face fines, imprisonment and might not be able to get a visa to study abroad.

The Inquisitr reports that according to the National Institutes of Health, underage drinking is a huge health problem in the U.S. as each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking.

As ways to help prevent underage drinking, the NIH reportedly suggests raising the price of alcohol and/or the legal drinking age, enacting zero-tolerance laws or stepping the enforcement of existing laws, along with school-based and family-based prevention programs.

Sources: The Inquisitr, Life With Dogs