Alcohol Licence Law Premises licence application

Published on July 8th, 2013 | by Dean Carr

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Is it legal to drink alcohol on the train?

Train journeys and British alcohol licensing laws

A person can legally drink and buy alcohol on trains throughout the United Kingdom. It should be remembered, however, that a train company can decide to run a ‘dry’ train, on which it is not permissible to consume alcohol on board, or even to carry alcohol. Notices are put up in advance to warn passengers, as this measure is often put in place temporarily, such as in the case of a train going to a football match.
Drinking in public.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, it is normally legal for people over 18 to drink in public. An exception is made in areas where a Designated Public Place Order is in place, as this order gives the police special powers to prevent public drinking and confiscate offending items.
It remains illegal for under 18s to drink in public, and police may legally move on under 18s if they have been drinking and confiscate alcohol.

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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