Everyone enjoys socialising with friends but for some a night
out ends with a bigger price to pay than a hangover.
Having too much to drink can lead to a number of offences,
including assault, criminal damage, drink driving and, before long,
a criminal record.
In fact, it’s estimated that 40% of crime involves the influence of
Almost 80% of assaults, 88% of criminal damage and 40% of domestic
violence are due to excessive drinking.
Know your limit
For some, there’s no ‘off switch’ when it comes to
It’s easy to drink too much too quickly and before you know it
you’re waking up the following day unable to remember how you got
there or what you did last night. That’s the scary part!
To stop that happening, know your limit and stick to it. It’s
recommended that men should not regularly drink more than three to
four units of alcohol a day and women no more than two to
A pint of bitter contains just over two units while a glass of wine
can contain anything from 1.5 to more than three.
Alcohol and the law
You need to be aged 18 or over to buy and drink alcohol legally
in licensed premises in Britain, but 1000 teenagers under the age
of 15 are still admitted to hospital every year with alcohol
With the exception of having a meal in a pub, it’s against the law
for anyone under 18 to buy alcohol in a pub, off-licence or
Keep you and your children safe by being aware of the law around
Aged five and under
It’s illegal to give an alcoholic drink to a child
under the age of five except in certain circumstances such as under
Aged under 16
Children under 16 that are not accompanied by someone aged 18 or
older are not allowed on licensed premises when they are being used
for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises. The
licensed part of a premises is usually the bar area but this can
Aged 16 or 17
Individuals aged 16 or 17 may consume (not purchase) beer, wine or
cider with a table meal on the relevant premises provided that they
are accompanied by someone over the aged of 18