The Law of 26.10.1982 on Education, Sobriety and Prevention of Alcoholism (Journal of Laws of 2002, No. 147, Article 1231) prohibits the distribution or sale of alcohol to persons under the influence of alcohol or to minors under 18 years of age. In case of doubt about the age of the buyer or consumer, the seller or the person serving alcohol may request the presentation of an identification document proving the age of the buyer or consumer. The sale of alcoholic beverages is regulated by law. On the other hand, there are no legal provisions on consumption. Minors can buy “lightly alcoholic beverages” such as wine or beer from the age of 16. You must be 18 years old to buy alcoholic beverages in bars and nightclubs. But there are no other legal provisions that define the age at which minors are allowed to consume strong drinks. The Ministry of Health says young people should be at least 16 years old.
However, MEPs©©have also created© a legal vacuum by officially allowing alcohol advertising© on the Internet for the first time with certain restrictions. The Evin law of 1991©was silent on this issue, the Internet had not yet started. The sale of strong drinks to people under 20 years of age is prohibited. Persons over the age of 18 may purchase “light alcoholic beverages” (art. 24 of the Alcohol Act). The sale of products containing more than 2.8 in ethyl alcohol by volume is prohibited to persons under 18 years of age (art. 24 of the Alcohol Act). There is no legal provision prohibiting children and adolescents from buying or consuming alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine or spirits. However, in premises accessible to the public, the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited to minors. For this reason, at the entrance of the premises open to the public, there are signs with the following text in capital letters: “The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited to persons under 17 years of age who are not accompanied by their parents or guardians (Article 1, 1 paragraph, letter b of Presidential Decree 36/1994, promulgated on the basis of art).
12, 1st paragraph, letters a and c and 2nd paragraph of Law 1481/1984). With regard to alcohol, Maltese law does not allow its sale to minors under the age of 16. There is no regulation that sets an age limit for alcohol consumption. Although the minimum legal age for the purchase of alcohol is set at 18, young people regularly manage to obtain it in bars, restaurants or shops, since the identity card is not verified. The young people of Sarthe are aware of this shortcoming. The sale of alcoholic beverages is regulated. However, there are no legal provisions for consumption. Minors aged 16 and over can purchase “light alcoholic beverages such as wine or beer”. To buy alcoholic beverages in bars and nightclubs, the person must be at least 18 years old. In addition, there is no legal provision that specifies when adolescents are allowed to consume alcoholic beverages with a high alcohol content.
The state health authority stipulates that minors must be at least 16 years old. The legal minimum age was raised from 18 to 21 in December 2017, but the law was not passed until 16 December 2017. October 2018. Resellers have 18 months to get used to the new regulations. After this period, the crime is sentenced to 10,000 ringgit and up to 2 years in prison. “I know it`s stupid because cigarettes are allowed at a younger age.” Even for an American, it`s hard to explain to a foreigner why the legal drinking age in the United States is 21. “The country believes that before this age, you can`t make this kind of decision wisely,” says John Bandman, an American wine expert and member of the Sommelier Society of America. Some have learned to identify stores where checks are less frequent. The same goes for bars: “We always go to the same bars, almost every weekend, and we have only been asked for our identity card once,” explains a young Mancelle. “_Pour the shops, it depends on the cashiers! Those who are older always ask us, but those of our age don`t care,” jokes one of his friends.