Home  |  Partner  |  Report your Country  |  Imprint  |   de   |   fr   |    
 

Is it allowed to sell spirits to children/teens?

 
Austria  

Vienna:
It is prohibited to consume alcoholic beverage under 18 years of age in schools. It is forbidden to sell alcoholic products topersons under 16 years of age. A person under 16 years of age must not consume alcoholic beverage in public.      

Burgenland:
A person under 16 years of age is not allowed to buy, consume or possess alcoholic products. Serving or Offering alcoholic products to persons under 16 years of age is prohibited.      

Lower Austria:
A person under 16 years of age is not allowed to buy, possess or consume alcoholic beverages in public (as well as cocktails and alcopops). Serving alcoholic products to a person under 16 years of age is prohibited.      

Styria:
It is forbidden up to 16 years of age. From 16 years old a person is allowed to consum alcoholic beverages above 14 volume percent. Serving and selling alcoholic products to a person under 16 years of age is prohibited.

Carinthia:
Young persons from 16 years of age may not drink spirits or mixed drinks containing spirits, whether ready-made (e.g. alcopops) or self-produced. In all cases, young persons from 16 years of age may only drink alcoholic beverages up to a volume assuring that their blood alcohol content is less than 0.5 pro mille or their breath alcohol content is less than 0.25 mg per l. Children may also not be sold any alcoholic beverages which they are not permitted to consume.    

Upper Austria:
A person under 16 years of age is not allowed to buy and consume alcoholic products. From 16 years old a person must not consum spirits and cocktails. The excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited as well. These ban applys also for powdery alcoholic products, alcoholic pastes or similar beverages. Serving and selling alcoholic products to children and young people under 16 years of age is prohibited.      

Salzburg:
A person under 16 years of age is not allowed to buy, consume or possess alcoholic products. From 16 years old a person must not consum, possess and buy cocktails, spirits and alcopops. Alcoholic beverages must not consume until the obiviously state of intoxication. Serving and selling alcoholic products to children and young people under 16 years of age is prohibited.      

Tyrol:
Children and young people under 16 years of age are not allowed to buy and possess alcoholic beverages in public. From 16 years old a person must not consum, possess and buy cocktails, spirits and alcopops. Serving and selling alcoholic products to children and young people under 16 years of age is prohibited.      

Vorarlberg:
Children and young people under 16 years of age are not allowed to buy, consume and possess alcoholic beverages in public. From 16 years old a person must not consum, possess and buy cocktails, spirits and alcopops. The excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited as well.
Serving and selling alcoholic products to children and young people under 16 years of age is prohibited.

 
Belgium  

Delivery on and the consumption of strong spirits and similar high-per cent beverages at young people is not permitted.

It is forbidden to serve alcoholic beverage to minors younger then 16 (Decree-Law 14 November 1939 concerning the suppressing of drunkenness). Selling or giving away those beverages is allowed as long as it is no strong spirtit and as long as it is not consumed on the sport.


In Bulgaria there is no strict difference between light and spirits in general, but nevertheless every person who sells alcoholic drinks and tobacco products to children, no matter the alcohol content, can be fined either in cash or with property sanction if he is not a liable to a harder administrative sanction under a special law or the deed is not considered a crime.

The use of alcohol from adolescents and minors is publicly dangerous and illegal deed and is also immoral and is sanctioned with and educational measure.



Cyprus  

Selling alcoholic beverages to children under 18 years of age is prohibited. Children and young people are allowed to consume alcoholic beverages from 17 years.

The selling of spirits to anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited. Selling of alcoholic beverages to persons under 18 years of age is an offence.

Penal Code, § 218 - zákon č. Trestní zákon Law on protection against alcoholism and toxicomania - zákon č. 37/1989 Sb., o ochraně před alkoholismem a jinými toxikomaniemi.

Germany  

Paragraph 9 Alcoholic drinks Protection of Young Persons Act

(1) The following bans shall apply to restaurants, stores and other points of sale:

1. Brandy as well as brandy-containing drinks or food products with brandy above negligible level or

2.Other alcoholic drinks must neither be sold to children and adolescents below the age of 16 years nor must their consumption by said persons be tolerated.

(2) Sub-clause 1, No. 2 shall not apply to adolescents accompanied by a custodial person.

(3) Alcoholic drinks must not be available from drinks dispensers in the public. 

This shall not apply under the following circumstances:

1. A drinks dispenser is located on a site not accessible for children and adolescents.

2. A drinks dispenser is located in enclosed company space and furnished with mechanical devices or adequately guarded and supervised to the effect that children and adolescents have no access to alcoholic drinks.

§ 20, No. 1, German Licensing Act, shall not be affected.

(4) Sugared alcohol-containing beverages in terms of § 1, Sub-clauses 2 and 3, Alcopop Tax Act, must not be commercially launched without the label “Not to be distributed to persons below 18 years of age, § 9, Protection of Young Persons Act”. This notice shall be attached to the sales package in type, size and colour of print identical with that of the trade or fancy name or with the marketing label or, in case of bottles, on the front label.

Denmark  

Young persons can buy light spirits from the age of 16 years.
Young persons are allowed to consume spirits at bars and restaurants from the age of 18 years.
There is no legislation about when young persons are allowed to consume spirits except from the bars and restaurant etc. The National Board of Health recommend young persons to be 16 years or more before consuming spirits.

Estonia  

Spirits allowed to consume from 18.

Alcohol Act

§ 4 Prohibition on consumption of alcoholic beverages for minors:

Minors shall not consume alcoholic beverages.

§ 47 Measures to enforce prohibition on consumption of alcoholic beverages for minors:

(1) Minors shall not obtain alcoholic beverages.

(2) It is prohibited to transfer alcoholic beverages to minors. In order to observe the above-mentioned prohibition, a seller may demand identification from the buyer and refuse to sell alcoholic beverages if the buyer fails to present such identification.

*By the law in the prohibition of the sale of alcohol to minors there is no difference between light or strong spirits.

Spain  

Nobody can sell spirits to people under 18. Law also prohibits consume, but some parents or legal guardians consent it by social convention in some Regions and authorities sometimes turn a blind eye.

The regions can have own regulations.

Finland  

It is not allowed to sell products with high percentage of alcohol to a person under 20 years. Light spirits can be sold to a person over 18 years. (Alcohol Act 1143 / 1993 Alkoholilaki, § 24).

It is prohibited to sell products containing maximum 2,8 percent alcohol by volume to a person under 18 years old. (Alcohol Act 1143 / 1993 Alkoholilaki, § 24).

France  

A person under 16 years of age may only drink and buy non-alcoholic beverages correlative to class 1.

Persons between 16 and 18 years of age are allowed to consume and buy beverages correlative to classes 1 and 2 (e.g. wine, beer).

The national assembly decided a new law on the protection of minors which has to be confirmed by the Senate. This law provide a ban on alcohol persons under 18 years of age. 


There are strict bans on minors, which regulate the sale as well as the consumption of alcoholic drinks. The following articles are important:

· Minors and an adult under guardianship must not run premises (art. 54law on combating tobacco dependency and alcoholism)

· In the event that of a breach of this obligation, the person will be avenged with a fine up to 3.811,23 €. In the case of an infringement under article 54, the court is able to enunciate the closing of business for a period of 5 years and more. Repeated infringements lead to the final closing of business (art. 57).

· article 17 law nr. 92-675 of 17th July 1992: It is prohibited to employ minors at premises (also in the context of a practical training), unless it is the partner of the operator, a parent or affinity including fourth degree. In premises which having a specific permission on sale of alcoholic beverages a person with 16 years of age is allowed to work in the context of a practical training or anapprenticeship. These internships should enable them to get an apprenticeship which will be certify by a diploma or a similar certificate under the provisions of art. 8 law nr. 71-577 on orientation of subject-based teaching.


Protection of minors against alcohol abuse:

· Selling alcoholic beverages to minors under 16 years of age for consumption or slaving at premises, stores and at public places is prohibited (art. 80 law on combating tobacco dependency and alcoholism).

· In the event that of a breach of this obligation, the person will be avenged with a fine up to 3.811,23 € (art. 81 law on combating tobacco dependency and alcoholism).


The operator of a premise or restaurant has to pay attention for compliance with the legislation. In the case of an infringement the operator has to stand trial:

· It is prohibited to sell or give up alcoholic beverages to minors under 16 years of age (third, fourth and fifth class) in public for consumption (art. 82 decree nr. 59-107 of 7th January 1959, law nr. 74-631 of 5 July 1974).

· According to art. 81 a person who is selling alcoholic drinks to minors until they drunken will be punished (art. 84 decree nr. 59-107 of 7th January 1959, law nr. 76-631 of 5th July 1974)

· Art. L.3342-1 Public Health Code regulate also the ban on selling alcoholic drinks to minors and the ban of free due of alcoholic beverages to minors at shops and public places.

There is no legislation which prohibit consumption of alcoholic drinks of minors outside of restaurants and premises. However the incitement to consume alcoholic drinks is illegal (art. 227-19 Penal Code).


Classification of beverage dispensing:

· class 1: non-alcoholic beverage

· class 2: wine (including cider, perry, mead), beer, Crème de cassis and juices from fermented fruits and vegetables, which contain 1,2 up to 3 percent alcohol by volume (natural dessert wines from certified growing areas)

· class 3: other natural dessert wines, liqueur wines, aperitive based on wine, strawberry liqueur, blackcurrantliqueur, cherry brandy under 18 percent alcohol by volume

· class 4: rum, tafia (from cane sugar), alcoholic drinks which are obtained from the distillation of wine, cider, perry or fruits and where no essences are added (cognac, armagnac, calvados)

· class 5:all the other authorized alcoholic beverages (Bsp. Ricard, Berger, Pernod, Whisky, Gin)

· non-authorized alcoholic beverages: aperitive based on wine with 45 percent alcohol by volume, bitter, gentian with a sugar content under 200 grams per 1 liter and 30 percent alcohol by volume


No. Alcohol of any kind may only be bought and consumed freely from the age of 18. Children may drink alcohol in home or restaurants if they are with their parents. No distinction is made concerning the strength of alcoholic beverages.

Greece  

There is no legislation but Minors are not allowed to consume any alcohol beverage in restaurants, bars etc. Therefore are signs affixed at the entrances (0,60x0,30 ) : The consumption of alcoholic beverages are anyone under 17 years age who are not accompanied by parents or a guardian prohibited.

Presidential Decree 36/1994, art. 1 para 1 letter b based on Act 1481/1994 art.12 para 1 pursuant to sentecne a and c, and para 2

Also, the minors are prohibited to consume alcohol drinks at any public places, with exception cases of private events.

3730/2008 Act, art. 4

Hungary  

Delivery and selling of alcoholic beverages to persons under 18 years of age is prohibited. They are also not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages.

Ireland  

Selling alcohol to minors is an offense. No distinction is made concerning the strength of alcoholic beverages. Children may drink alcohol in home if they are with their parents.

Italy  

In accordance with Article 689 of the Civil Code, the consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited for minors under the age of 16 in all public establishments and establishments accessible to the public, as well as in schools, cafeterias and all educational institutions and hostels in accordance with Article 24 of Royal Ordinance No. 2316 of 24 December 1934.

The selling of spirits to anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited. People under 21 years of age must not consume any alcoholic beverages.

Serving or offering alcoholic beverages of any kind to minors under the age of 16 is prohibited (Act of 29 June 1989).

Latvia  

It is not allowed to sell spirits to children. They are not allowed to consume them. Child is a person until 18 years of age.

Malta  

As far as alcohol is concerned, alcoholic beverages may not be sold to persons under the age of 16 under Maltese law. There is no law which defines an age limit for the consumption of alcohol.

The use of alcoholic beverages is regulated by law. For consumption on the other hand, there are no legal provisions.

Selling spirits to minors (<18 years) is not allowed. Parents have a responsibility to look after the best interests of their children and to learn them to handle alcohol responsibly.

Young people can buy light alcoholic beverages from over 16 years.

In order to purchase alcoholic beverages in bars and nightclubs, the person must be 18 years old. In addition, there are no statutory provisions as to when young people may consume high-proof alcoholic beverages. The state Office of Public Health points out that young people should be at least 16 years old.

Poland  

The Act of 26 October 1982 on Upbringing in Sobriety and the Prevention of Alcoholism (Official Journal 2002, No. 147 Item 1231) prohibits the sale and serving of alcohol to persons who are under the influence of alcohol or who are less than 18 years of age. In case of doubt as to whether the buyer has reached the age of majority, the seller or the person serving the alcohol may request the presentation of a document confirming the buyer's age.

Selling or consume alcohol beverages for minors under 16 years of age is prohibited. Selling alcohol beverages to drunk people ist forbidden. For people with mental abnormality it is not allowed to consume those beverages. No distinction is made concerning the strength of alcohol beverages.

Romania  

There is still no information

Sweden  

The selling of spirits to anyone under the age of 20 is prohibited (law 1977:293 on the selling of beverages). In restaurants this age limit is 18 years. If a child is found drinking alcohol it is not the child that is considered to have broken the law but the adult who has sold or given the alcoholic drink to the child. This also applies to question.

The Act Restricting the Use of Alcohol (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 15/03) defines an alcoholic beverage as any beverage with more than 1.2 percent of alcohol by volume, and a spirit drink as any drink consisting more than 15 percent of alcohol by volume. In accordance with this Act, it is prohibited to sell or offer alcoholic beverages or drinks mixed with alcoholic beverages to people under eighteen years of age.

It is prohibited to be sold or given alcoholic beverages or allow the use of persons younger than 18 years (Act 219/1996 Coll protection against abuse of alcoholic beverages and the establishment and operation of teetotal reception rooms).

Present legal framework in the Slovak Republic provides for the regulation of the availability of alcohol and tobacco in public outlets for minors under 18 years. Control the application of the prohibition of tobacco sales, cigarettes and alcohol (and the administration of alcohol) is the State Trade Inspection and sanction regime for traders who breach the prohibition on sales to minors. Higher binding of towns and cities in particular can be adjusted in terms of local time closing hours of restaurants, limited point of sale, etc.

 

Disclaimer:
For the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the information we can not guarantee.