United Kingdom


Drinking age in

United Kingdom


    18

    Check below for the drinking age in each specific country:

  • drinking age in England
  • drinking age in Wales
  • drinking age in Scotland
  • drinking age in Northern Ireland

See below for more details on drinking age and alcohol purchase age in

United Kingdom

 


This is not legal advice. Check with local law enforcement what is the legal drinking age BEFORE drinking or purchasing alcohol while in the country.

 


 

More information:

 

Click here: Wikipedia Legal Drinking Age

 

Alcohol Purchase Age

 

On Premise United Kingdom
Off Premise United Kingdom

 

Alcohol Drinking Age

 

In Private United Kingdom
In Public No Information

 

Legal details

If at any point in the page above you find “No information” it means there is no specific mention in the legislation, but you still need to ask local law enforcement before drinking in .

Under the BBPA’s Challenge 21 and Challenge 25 schemes, customers attempting to buy alcohol beverages are asked to prove their age if in the retailer’s opinion they look under 21 (or optionally 25) even though the law states they must be a minimum of 18. Many supermarket and off-licence chains display Challenge 21 (or Challenge 25) notices stating that they will not serve people who look under 21 (or 25) without ID.

Drinking age in England and drinking age in Wales:

  • It is prohibited to sell, serve, or offer alcohol beverages in licensed premises to anyone under the age of 18, but those aged 16–17 may consume wine, beer or cider on licensed premises when ordered with a meal and they are accompanied by an adult. Minors are prohibited to consume alcohol beverages in public
  • Import: People over 17 are entitled to a duty-free allowance for alcohol beverages.

Drinking Age in Scotland:

  • It is prohibited to sell, serve, or offer alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 18, except for those aged 16–17, who may consume wine, beer or cider on licensed premises when ordered with a meal and they are accompanied by an adult aged 18 or older. Minors are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages in public.
  • Import: People over 17 are entitled to a duty-free allowance for alcoholic beverages.

Drinking age in Northern Ireland:

  • It is prohibited to sell, serve, or offer alcohol beverages to anyone under the age of 18. Minors are prohibited to consume alcohol beverages in public. It is illegal for persons under 14 to drink alcohol in private, unless it is for medical purposes.

You can find more legal details and links here:Wikipedia Legal Drinking Age