Buy alcohol for someone under 18 and you could face a fine or prison

Archived news: published on Friday 25 May 2018 by Fife Council

You're asking for it campaign

You're asking for it campaign

Like other areas in Fife, Burntisland experiences anti social behaviour involving youths, especially in the summer months, the majority of which often involves the consumption of alcohol. 


The introduction of Challenge 25 has made it more difficult for those under the age of 18 to buy alcohol themselves however, there is still more work needing to be done to combat the practice of proxy purchase. 


In 2015 a very successful campaign called “You’re Asking for It” ( set up in the west of Scotland to tackle this issue.  The aim of the campaign is to reduce the number of proxy purchases of alcohol thereby reducing crime and anti social behaviour, making our communities safer and protecting under 18’s from the harm associated with drinking alcohol. 


On Friday the 1st June 2018 along with partner agencies including Fife Council, Police Scotland will be launching a similar scheme in Burntisland.


The campaign will focus on educating members of the public that it is a criminal offence to:

  • Buy or attempt to buy alcohol for a young person
  • Give alcohol to a young person
  • And to also make people under the age of 18 aware that to buy or attempt to buy alcohol is an offence


However where necessary the relevant legislation will be enforced and any person found committing any of the aforementioned offences will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal which could result in a 3 months prison sentence and/or a £5000 fine.



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