If you are under the age of 18 it is against the law to:
There are exceptions when young people under 18 can be on licensed premises without a responsible adult:
It is an offence for any person (whether under 18 or over) to supply alcohol to a young person under 18 without the consent of the young person’s parent or guardian. Even if the parent or guardian consents, a young person (under 18) cannot be supplied alcohol by anyone if the young person, supplier or parent (or all three) are drunk or if the supplier cannot supervise the young person.
Drinking alcohol on a licensed premises, e.g. pub, nightclub, tavern.
If you are suspected of being under the age of 18 and in a pub or nightclub, you may be asked to produce identification of age by staff (crowd controllers) or police.
Drinking alcohol in a public place, e.g. park, street, beach, outdoor concert.
If you are caught drinking alcohol in a public place:
If you are aged 18 or over you can:
Even though you are aged 18 or over, it is still illegal to drink alcohol on the road or street.
At any age, you can be charged if:
There may also be rules against drinking alcohol or having alcohol in your blood at your place of employment. If you breach this rule, you can lose your job.
There is no restriction on a young person to drink alcohol in a private home so long as they have the consent of their parent or responsible adult.
Please note: Laws are subject to change. Last updated November 2015.
Important: This general information is not the same as legal advice. You should speak with a lawyer about your situation. The information is based on a Western Australian context.