Posters highlight alcohol law

A new poster campaign has been launched to help licensees raise awareness of the law on buying alcohol for or knowingly selling alcohol to someone who is already drunk.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) worked with National Pubwatch and Drinkaware, with additional input from the Home Office, to create two poster designs, which can be downloaded free of charge from the BBPA’s website.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, it is a criminal offence to knowingly sell alcohol to or obtain alcohol for someone who is drunk on licensed premises.

The posters, which were launched on 10 March, are designed to help raise awareness among both pub staff and customers with the aim of ensuring safe and social drinking environments.

Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone said: “Raising awareness of the law is a key part of tackling the significant problems around drunken and disorderly behaviour.”

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “These posters are designed to help licensees, who can be put in a very difficult position and risk breaking the law if pressured to serve drunken customers. We need to make sure that the public fully understands that these are offences.”

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