DRINKING in a pub is something that people in the UK consider as normal.
However, there are some laws related to drinking that you may not have been aware of.
Is it illegal to be drunk in a pub?
It is illegal to be drunk in a pub under a historic law created in the Victorian era.
Under the Licensing Act 1872, any person found to be drunk on licenced premises, such as a pub, are liable to a penalty.
It is against the law for under Licensing Act of 2003 for bar staff to sell drink to a person who’s drunk, and it is also illegal to sell alcohol to someone if they are buying that drink for a drunk person.
Of course, this law hasn’t been enforced for an extremely long time, and is arguably a law that is out of date, much like the law that means it is illegal to die in Parliament.
Is it illegal to be drunk in public?
It can be illegal to drink in public if it is seen that the person who is drunk is causing a disturbance, or is unable to control himself.
This can include the offense of being drunk and disorderly in a public place.
Some councils may put restrictions on consumption of alcohol in certain areas, such as places where there is a history of anti-social behaviour. failure to comply could lead to a fine.
It is illegal to consume alcohol on many forms of transport in the UK. This includes TFL (Transport for London) services including; buses, trams, DLR and the London Underground.
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What age can you drink alcohol in the UK?
The legal age of which someone is allowed to drink alcohol in the UK is 18.
It is illegal for someone to sell you alcohol if you are under the the age of 18. It is also illegal for adult to try or try to buy a person under 18 alcohol.
It is against the law for a person under the age of 18 to drink alcohol on licenced premises. It could also lead to repercussions for the licensee if this happened on their property without asking for ID.
A person aged 16 or 17 can drink beer, wine or cider with a meal, but they must be accompanied by an adult, and they are not allowed to purchase the alcohol.