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Alcohol and the law

It is legal to drink and sell alcohol in Australia, provided certain conditions are met.

Consuming alcohol

  • Consumption of alcohol in designated alcohol-free zones is illegal.
  • Police can detain a person who is drunk in a public place and behaving in a disorderly way.
  • It is illegal for a fully licensed driver to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .05 or over. Learner and provisional drivers must have a blood alcohol concentration of zero. 

Selling alcohol

  • It is illegal to sell alcohol to a person who is already drunk.
  • It is illegal to sell alcohol to anyone under 18.
  • Premises where alcohol is sold must have an appropriate licence. It is also necessary to obtain a licence to serve alcohol at certain events and functions.

People under 18

  • People under 18 are not permitted to drink in pubs, clubs or licensed restaurants.
  • People under 18 can drink in their own home, or a public place where drinking is legal such as a BYO restaurant, as long as they are supervised by:
    • their parent or guardian, or
    • another responsible adult with the permission of their parent or guardian.