Alcohol & The Law


It is illegal to give alcohol to children under 5 years old

It is illegal to buy alcohol for someone under 18 in a licenced premises

Police can charge those over 18 who knowingly buy alcohol for anyone under the age of 18 (Buying by proxy)


Effects of Alcohol


Reduces the ability to judge a situation, which can lead to:

Embarrassing behaviours

Accidents & injuries

Unwanted/unprotected sex


Increased dramas, conflicts and aggression

Slurred, angry or abusive speech

Increased emotions

Sleep or unconsciousness which can affect breathing



Consequences of Alcohol


Criminal record

Could affect future travel plans to some countries

Working Abroad – USA and Australia

Access to some college and university courses

Career opportunities and employment eg Police, Forces

Visual records of embarrassing behaviours

Weight gain



Alcohol Unit Guide

Alcohol Chart

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Health Guidelines


Unit Guidelines are now the same for Men and Women

Both are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week


England’s Chief Medical Officer Guidance


An alcohol free childhood is the healthiest and best option

If children do drink alcohol they should not do so until at least 15 years old


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