Drinking and the Law
According to the Children and Young Persons (Alcohol, Tobacco and Gaming) Act 2006, persons aged 16 years and over alcohol may be served provided the alcohol is:
- beer, wine or cider and is of an alcoholic strength not exceeding 15%;
- sold in, or poured from, a pre-packaged container and is of an alcoholic strength not exceeding 5.5%
- the alcohol is sold for consumption on licensed premises or
- the alcohol is procured for consumption by and under the supervision of a person who has parental responsibility for the relevant person (a “parent”) or is 18 years.
Any person who sells alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (and failing to meet the criteria above) is guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine up to level 5 on the standard scale.
In the UK:
- At 16 years of age beer, wine and cider can be consumed on premise if taken with a table meal and when accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over
- At 18 years of age you are allowed to consume alcohol in pub, bars and restaurants.