Official UK Government Guidelines on Drinking Under the Minimum Legal Drinking Age of 18

The British government has published official government advice for young people and their parents about drinking alcohol. The government recommends that:

The government emphasizes that this advice is based on the research conducted by a panel of experts.

Young persons between the ages of seven and 17 are legally able to drink alcoholic beverages with parental or guardian consent.



  • Guidelines on drinking for under-18s. Drink Aware website (

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