Alcohol & young people

Are worried about your child's drinking habits?

Druglink are a charity working in partnership with the police to help people of all ages realise the potential dangers of alcohol abuse.

Druglinks offers a three-hour educational programme exploring:

  • The link between alcohol, violence and offending
  • Physical and psychological harms
  • The legal impact on a person's future life

Alcohol units and unit content

The course aims to help people take more responsibility for their lives and health and to moderate their future behaviour and alcohol consumption.

Druglink provide courses for both adults and young people.

“I have become a better and healthier person since attending the course. I have stopped binge drinking and can honestly say the course saved my life.”

Scott, a student

You can refer yourself onto the course which costs £40.

To book your place or to find out more contact Druglink on 01923 271783 or email Druglink.

Watch the video to find out more:

Young people and drinking laws

If you’re child is 18 and drinking alcohol in public, they can be stopped, fined or arrested by police.

If they are under 18, it is against the law:

  • for someone to sell them alcohol
  • to buy or try to buy alcohol
  • for an adult to buy or try to buy alcohol for them
  • to drink alcohol in licensed premises (eg a pub or restaurant)

However if they’re 16 or 17 and accompanied by an adult, they can drink (but not buy) beer, wine or cider with a meal.

If they’re 16 or under, they may be able to go to a pub (or premises primarily used to sell alcohol) if they’re accompanied by an adult. However, this isn’t always the case. It can also depend on:

  • the specific conditions for that premises
  • the licensable activities taking place there

It’s illegal to give alcohol to children under 5.


Binge drinking

For a man 10 units of alcohol in one sitting

For a woman 7 units of alcohol in one sitting

The following are government guidelines on the maximum alcohol that should be consumed in any one day.

  • Men - 3 - 4 units of alcohol a day
  • Women - 2 -3 units of alcohol a day

At least two days a week should be alcohol free.

A pint of beer is the equivalent of two units. A glass of wine is one unit. Regular consumption above these levels may adversely affect your health.

"Alcohol can be particularly damaging to teenage brains, which are still developing."

Know your limits

Alcohol and youth offending a study

"Alcohol misuse and youth crime are commonly perceived to be closely associated. Both issues trigger public concern. Yet basic gaps exist in our understanding of how the issues relate. Remarkably little empirical study has looked in detail at the drinking levels of wider offending cohorts and the influence of excessive use on offending behaviour. Young offenders drink more than the wider population1,2 but the legal status of alcohol and the social sanctioning of underage drinking may result in it being overshadowed by illegal substances in a criminal justice context."

Demon Drink? A study of alcohol and youth offending in London

(source: Alcohol Concern)


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