Find out more about what the UK law says on alcohol.

BUYING ALCOHOL

If you’re under 18, it’s illegal to sell alcohol to you and it’s also against the law to buy or try to buy alcohol. If you’re over 18, on the other hand, you may get asked to prove your age. Learn more about the laws on buying alcohol.

DRINKING IN PUBLIC PLACES

Planning a party in the park? Taking the train to the football match? Here is a summary of the laws on drinking in public places.

IS IT ILLEGAL TO DRINK IN PUBLIC?

As a general rule of thumb, if you’re over the age of 18 you can drink in public. However, in certain areas where there is a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) drinking in public may be restricted.

DPPO or PSPO powers allow local authorities to designate places where restrictions on public drinking apply, regardless of your age. In DPPO areas, a police officer can ask you to refrain from drinking. Refusal to comply may result in a fine or even arrest.

Drinking on trains is not against the law. Train operators may, of course, prefer not to serve alcohol on certain services. In Scotland, drinking is banned on trains between 9pm and 10am.

Drinking from and carrying open containers of alcohol is banned on London’s public transport network.

UNDERAGE DRINKING

There are strict laws relating to underage drinking. Find out what’s legal and what’s not if you’re under 18.

DRINK DRIVING LIMITS AND PENALTIES

Always wondered if it’s really safe to drive home after one or two pints? Find out what the laws says about drink driving.