It is against the law for a young person under 18 to:
It is against the law for a young person under 15 to be in a pub without a parent or guardian.
A young person between 15 and 17 can attend a private function, such as a wedding, in a pub after the times above if a proper meal is being served.
It is also against the law for an adult to buy alcohol for a young person under the age of 18. The penalty is a maximum fine of €1500.
In a private residence, alcohol cannot be served to a visiting young person (under 18) without the explicit consent of that young person’s parent or guardian.
The information below should be helpful, as many parents are unsure of the law on underage drinking and what happens if this law is broken.
Alcohol problems are mostly caused by 'alcoholics'.
Myth: Immediate problems like motor accidents, violent assaults and accidental injury are mostly caused by moderate drinkers who occasionally overdo it.
Drinking coffee sobers you up?
Myth: Your liver is like a car with one gear. It can only work at one speed. So there is only one cure for drunkenness - time. Drinking coffee will make you wide awake and drunk. Taking a cold shower will make you cold, wet and drunk.
A 'blackout' is when you pass out from drink?
Myth: It's a type of memory loss. Your friends can recite what you did, but you can't. It is an early warning sign to cut down.
It is not safe to drink when you're pregnant?
Fact: The alcohol enters your baby's bloodstream, therefore the safest thing for your baby is not to drink at all. Regular heavy drinking can cause foetal alcohol syndrome, which causes serious developmental problems for your baby's development.
Women can't 'hold' their drink as well as men?
Fact: Men have more bodily fluids than women, so alcohol is more diluted in their systems. This goes even for women and men of the same height and build.
Alcohol causes as much damage to society as heroin?
Myth: Alcohol causes much more damage than heroin and all the other illegal drugs put together. It is a factor in 88% of public order offences, 34% of marital breakdowns and 33% of fatal road accidents.
There's nothing to do around here except drink?
Myth: Drinking is a big feature of Irish social life, but is not the only pastime. Take a minute to think of three non-drinking things you could do. It's just a matter of looking at things differently.