It is illegal to sell alcohol to under-18s, it is also illegal to knowingly buy alcohol for some one who is younger than the legal age limit.
The police have the legal power to confiscate alcohol from anyone they know to be, or reasonably believe to be, under 18 and drinking in a public place.
Many people enjoy drinking alcohol. In small amounts it can help you feel more sociable. However the effect depends on a whole range of factors, including the strength of the drink, how fast it's consumed, your physical size, whether you've eaten or not...
For more info and answers to commonly asked questions about alcohol, like how much alcohol is in a unit and what amount is healthy, check out this video on alcohol advice.
The dangers of binge drinking
Alcoholic drinks, when consumed sensibly and in moderation, can be enjoyable, but if you drink excessively you can put your health at risk. Unfortunately there are too many young people who make this mistake every year. Visit Drinkaware for the facts about binge drinking and alcohol.
What to do if you or someone you know has a drink problem
Turning Point works with young people in Suffolk who are finding their drug and/or alcohol use is becoming a problem for them or those who care about them. You can also get help if someone else's use of alcohol is seriously affecting your life.
Get in contact with Turning Point
You can refer yourself to the confidential service (unless you are at risk of harm) via the website or helpline. They work across Suffolk, but can travel to meet you anywhere you feel most comfortable.
You could speak to a school nurse - they offer weekly confidential 'drop-ins' in secondary schools. Send a text to ChatHealth (07507 333356) or ask in school to find out more.
Never drink or take illegal drugs and then get behind the wheels of a vehicle - choose who in the group is going to be the designated driver, or just split a taxi. If you do drink you may still have alcohol in your system in the morning, which means it will still be unsafe to drive. So if you know that you need to drive the next day, it’s probably safer not to drink at all.
You might not want to fork out the few quid for a taxi, but it's better than risking losing your license, paying a huge fine, or getting hurt!
Make sure you know the facts about drink driving.