Alcohol related crime accounts for nearly three quarters of crime and disorder across the UK

Alcohol and the law
You need to be aged 18 or over to buy and drink alcohol legally in licensed premises in Britain, but 1000 teenagers under the age of 15 are still admitted to hospital every year with alcohol poisoning.

Keep you and your children safe by being aware of the law around alcohol:
Aged five and under
It’s illegal to give an alcoholic drink to a child under the age of five except in certain circumstances such as under medical supervision.
Aged under 16
Children under 16 that are not accompanied by someone aged 18 or older are not allowed on licensed premises when they are being used for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises. The licensed part of a premises is usually the bar area but this can vary.
Aged 16 or 17
Individuals aged 16 or 17 may consume (not purchase) beer, wine or cider with a table meal on the relevant premises provided that they are accompanied by someone over the aged of 18 years.

Know your limit
For some, there’s no ‘off switch’ when it comes to alcohol.

It’s easy to drink too much too quickly and before you know it you’re waking up the following day unable to remember how you got there or what you did last night. That’s the scary part!

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If you’re 18 or under and live in Essex  and if you’re affected by drug or alcohol contact Essex Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service or Text CHOICES to 80800

For over 18's support can be found;
Open Road
NHS
Phoenix Alcohol Project

There’s no denying the link between drug use and crime. By tackling drug use we can reduce crime.

If you have a drug problem, there's a lot of help and support available, click on the following links;

Over18's;
Open Road
NHS

Under 18's;
Essex Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service (EYPDAS)
Talk to Frank