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I will be having an 18th this year and I am one of the oldest in my year..so people can't be getting drink at 17.
However I've been told if it's a private venue then people can get served no matter their age...is this true?


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(Original post by rebeccael28)
I will be having an 18th this year and I am one of the oldest in my year..so people can't be getting drink at 17.
However I've been told if it's a private venue then people can get served no matter their age...is this true?


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It is legal for those aged over 5 to drink on private property (so at someone's house). However, if you're hiring somewhere out, they will be committing a criminal offence by serving those under 18 and anyone who appears to be under 25 without ID. A lot of places do serve anyone regardless as it gets tedious to check for ID every time, especially when some are of age and some aren't. They may be lenient but don't be surprised if they ID and refuse to serve as they risk losing their alcohol license otherwise. Also, they are supposed to stop serving people who they believe to be "too drunk" so even ID doesn't guarantee you service towards the end of the night if you're asking for a 5th vodka shot.
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It is legal for those aged over 5 to drink on private property (so at someone's house). However, if you're hiring somewhere out, they will be committing a criminal offence by serving those under 18 and anyone who appears to be under 25 without ID. A lot of places do serve anyone regardless as it gets tedious to check for ID every time, especially when some are of age and some aren't. They may be lenient but don't be surprised if they ID and refuse to serve as they risk losing their alcohol license otherwise. Also, they are supposed to stop serving people who they believe to be "too drunk" so even ID doesn't guarantee you service towards the end of the night if you're asking for a 5th vodka shot.
Even if it's a private venue and my parents are like best friends with the owners?


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Even if it's a private venue and my parents are like best friends with the owners?


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They're still bound by the law. In theory, they should not legally serve anyone under 18 or those without ID. However, some places are more lenient in reality and the police will never know so long as no one reports them. Heck I have almost been refused service even with a real ID just because so many people were using obvious fakes that she thought mine was as well (but it's 100% genuine so sorry bar lady!).
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