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Alcohol: Just The Facts

Alcohol is known as a ‘’depressant’’ drug because it can slow down parts of your brain

This can affect your thinking, behaviour and even your heart rate.

Drinking and the law

It’s against the law

  • For someone under 18 to buy alcohol
  • For someone under 18 to drink alcohol in licensed premises like a pub or bar, except where the child is 16 or 17 years old and accompanied by an adult. In this case it is legal for them to drink, but not buy beer, wine and cider with a meal
  • For an adult to buy alcohol for someone under 18, except as above

Three things to remember to keep yourself safe

  1. Don’t leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers in case someone adds something to it that you don’t know about
  2. Look after yourself and your friends – be aware of your surroundings
  3. If a person is ‘drunk’, they are not legally able to give consent to engage in sexual activity

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.

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Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.