It means an additional search through your wallet before cracking open a cold beer from the liquor vending machines most of us take for granted. But rest assured, it’s for a good cause.

A growing number of the machines, criticized for years as abetting underage drinking, are being fitted with ID readers to curb alcohol abuse by minors. For those who do not have a driver’s license, stores can issue a card with a magnetic strip upon confirmation of age.

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