Reducing Social Supply of Alcohol to Under 18s

The law on supplying alcohol to under 18s changes on Wednesday, 18 December 2013.  It will be illegal to supply alcohol to a minor unless you have the express consent of a parent or legal guardian of the young person. 

The Health Promotion Agency has very useful information and resources here.  The National Coordination Team suggest that CAYAD sites and other health promotion communities  publicise the changes by contacting their local papers and other media outlets.

The changes coming in next Wednesday will mean:

  • It is illegal to supply alcohol to someone under the age of 18 unless you are their parent or legal guardian or you have express consent from their parent or legal guardian.
  • Express consent may include a personal conversation, an email or a text message which you have good reason to believe is genuine.
  • If you have consent to supply alcohol to an under-18, you must supply it in a responsible manner.
  • Responsible supply includes supervising the consumption of alcohol, providing food and low-alcohol and/or non-alcoholic drinks and ensuring safe transport options are in place.
  • Responsible supply also requires you to consider the nature of the occasion, the time period over which the alcohol is supplied, the strength and amount of alcohol supplied and the age of the minor.
  • You could be fined up to $2,000 if you don’t follow the law.