Click here to view a table of International Legal drinking age.
VALIDATE UK aims to ensure that age restricted goods and services are only sold to those old enough to purchase them; it also helps those who may look younger than they are to prove their age .
Click below for details of the UK's national guarantee scheme for proof-of-age cards
Further sources of information
Here are some good youth-friendly websites offering advice on alcohol:
Talk About Alcohol – www.talkaboutalcohol.com - Here you’ll find quizzes, interactive games and facts about alcohol.
The Mix – themix.org.uk
Talk to Frank – www.talktofrank.com
Rise above - riseabove.org.uk
The Alcohol Education Trust – www.alcoholeducationtrust.org
If you’re worried about your or someone else’s drinking or if you’re worried about dependency and alcohol problems, the following sites could help:
Action on Addiction brings help, hope and freedom to those living with addiction and those living with people who suffer problems of addiction. actiononaddiction.org.uk/home.aspx
ADFAM provides information and advice for families of alcohol and drug users. The website has a list of local family support services. Tel: 0207 553 7640 adfam.org.uk
Alateen is part of the Al-Anon fellowship and has been developed for young people, aged 12 to 20, who are affected by a problem drinker. Tel: 0207 403 0888 al-anonuk.org.uk
Addaction provides treatment, help and advice about alcohol and drugs for young people and adults. Manages more that 120 services in 80 locations in England and Scotland. Tel: 0207 251 5860 addaction.org.uk
Childline provides confidential help and counselling for young people. Tel: 0800 1111 (Freephone) www.childline.org.uk
Drinkline If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence. They can put you in touch with your local alcohol advice centre for help and advice. Tel: 0800 917 8282 (24 hours a day helpline)
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics provides information, advice and support for everyone affected by their parent’s drinking. nacoa.org.uk/