Under 5 – It is illegal to give an alcoholic drink to an under 5 except
under medical supervision in an emergency.
Under 14 – You cannot go into the bar of a pub unless it has a ‘Children’s
Certificate’. If it does not have one, you can only go into the parts of
licensed premises where alcohol is EITHER sold but not drunk OR drunk but not
sold. You cannot drink alcohol.
14 or 15 – You can go anywhere in a pub, but not drink.
16 or 17 – You can buy or be bought beer or cider to drink with a meal,
but not in a bar (ie in an area specifically set aside for meals).
Under 18 – Except for 16 or 17 year olds having a meal it is against the
law for anyone under 18 to buy alcohol in a pub, off-licence, supermarket or
other outlet or for anyone to buy alcohol for someone under 18 to consume in a
pub or public place.
What the law says about Drugs
It is illegal to posses and or supply any illegal drug.
Class of Drug
If prepared for
Cocaine & crack
Ecstasy & similar drugs
Magic Mushrooms if prepared for use
Possession: 7 years prison and or a fine.
Possession with intent to supply or supply: life imprisonment and or a fine
Possession: 5 years prison and or fine
Possession with intent to supply or supply: 14 years prison and or fine
Benzodiazepines (eg valium, temazepan)
Possession: 2 years prison
intent to supply or supply: % years prison and or fine
Information from NHS helplines
FRANK (drugs) 0800 77 66 00
Drinkline 0800 917 8282
What the Bible says
Proverbs 20 vs 1
Proverbs 21 vs 17
Proverbs 23 vs 20-21- Warnings about drinking
Proverbs 23 vs 30-35
Proverbs 31vs 4-5
Isaiah 5 vs 11-12- Can lead to ignoring God
Exodus 32 vs 6 - Problems arrive when it leads to drunkenness
Ephesians 5 vs 18 - Warning about drunkenness
Examples of overindulgence
Noah - Genesis 9 vs 20 –24
Lot – Genesis 19 vs 32-35
Xerexes – Esther 1 vs 10-11
Other verses to consider
1 Corinthians 6 vs 12-13 - Not everything is good for us
1 Corinthians 6 vs 19-20 - Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 10 vs 31 - Whatever you eat or drink you must do for
the glory of God