NCPLH a licence to sell alcohol to children ?


One of the most important issues facing Personal Licence holders in the licensed trade is the protection of children from harm, indeed this forms one of the main thrusts of the Licensing Act 2003 which prohibits ANY sale of alcohol to people under 18.

So this is an absolute rule : under 18 = no sale !

OK , so now you are wondering how it is possible that some youngsters go to the pub on Sunday lunchtime and have a beer. Well there is a provision within the Licensing Act 2003 which applies in England and Wales to allow young people who are 16 and 17 years old to consume alcohol under if the following three conditions are met :

1. The drink is purchased by an adult and it is beer, wine or cider.

2. The drink is with a table meal and the 16 or 17 year old is accompanied by an adult

3. It is illegal for this age group to drink spirits in pubs even with a meal so these are not allowed.

It is also illegal under the Licensing Act 2003 for anyone under 18 to buy alcohol in a pub, bar, off-licence, supermarket, or other shop, or for anyone to buy alcohol for someone under 18 to consume in a bar, pub or public area.

All these details, and many more are covered on the NCPLH (now APLH) course.

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