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Alcohol and young persons

November 12, 2014 at 12:57 PM

You've been many to contact us to ask if it was legal to drink alcohol in public places. Can we, can we not? The answer is yes...sort of!

Under the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997, a youg person under 18 who has been drinking (or is about to do so) in a public place such as a street or a place they have entered illegally, can be required by a police officer to stop drinking and surrender the alcohol. Refusal may lead to arrest or a fine of up to £500.

The officer can also take alcohol from someone over 18 who is in a public place if they believe that the alcohol will be passed to under-age drinkers.

The police can ask for the name and address of anyone from whom they have taken alohol in these circumstances, and it is an offence to refuse to give these details or to give a false name and address.

In short, increasingly across Scotland, it is illegal for anyone to drink alcohol on the street or in other public places.

In addition, it is also an offence to be drunk at a football or rugby match or to have alcoholic drinks in the ground or on the supporters' coach or tain, travelling to or from the event.



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