What's the law?
The law and alcohol
Generally speaking, it is illegal for anyone under the age of eighteen to purchase alcohol or consume it in a public house or any other public place. However, there are certain exceptions depending on your age and where you live in the UK.
The law and solvents
It is illegal for shopkeepers to sell solvents such as glue, lighter fuel or other substances to a young person under the age of 18, if there is reasonable cause to believe the fumes might be inhaled.
The law and drugs
- The various types of illegal drugs are divided into one of three categories; A, B or C. Each category or class carries a different penalty for possession and dealing.
- It is illegal to drive a car while under the influence of any drug.
The law and gambling
- It is illegal for anyone under 18 to enter or to gamble in a betting shop or casino or to take part in these activities over the internet.
- Anyone who invites or allows anyone under the age of 18 to gamble also commits an offence.
- You need to be 16 to play the National Lottery or do the football pools.
The law and smoking
- You need to be at least 18 to legally buy cigarettes in England and Wales.
- Smoking is now banned in virtually all enclosed public places throughout the UK.