It is illegal to sell alcohol to under-18s, it is also illegal to knowingly buy alcohol for some one who is younger than the legal age limit.
If the police suspect someone under 18 has alcohol in a public place, they have the power to confiscate it. If young people get caught with alcohol three times they could face a social contract, a fine or arrest.
Young people are more likely to take risks. This is because of the hormonal changes you go through at puberty. Alcohol can further impair your judgement, leaving you vulnerable to:
• Having unprotected sex
- When you drink, your decision-making skills are affected and you’re more likely to take big risks – like having unprotected sex. That can lead to sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy.
• Drink driving
- Make sure you know the facts about drink driving
• Antisocial behaviour and crime
- Children and teenagers who drink may behave and react unpredictably – they have less self-control and their brains struggle to recognise ‘warning signs’.
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