Today we’re looking at a few things you might want to know before heading to a bar.
First up, what is drinking?
Drinking is a form of recreational drinking.
Drinking in the UK is governed by the Alcohol (Scotland) Act 1971.
Here’s how it works: anyone 21 or over who is drinking within a designated area of a pub or nightclub can be fined.
If they’re caught they will be sent to court, with the court deciding on the amount of alcohol they have.
If the fine is too high, they can be jailed for up to two months.
The court then decides whether they should be released on bail or placed on a curfew.
If released, they are required to wear a GPS ankle monitor.
They can also have a urine test carried out if they’re found to be at high risk of getting a DUI.
If you’re drinking at a bar, you’re more likely to be drinking in a public place rather than in a private room or other private area.
So where does this leave you?
If you’re not in a bar and you’re a 21-year-old male, chances are you have to get a drinking license in order to get your drink.
This can be obtained by signing up to a drinking club in your area.
If you have a drink in your car, you need to get an ID card from a licensed driver, which you’ll need for any other drink you may be carrying.
The license also has a photo and a licence number.
If your drink is confiscated you’ll be fined, but you won’t need to pay any fines.
If your drink gets you into trouble, the police will be called in.
They may arrest you and take you to a police station.
If that doesn’t work, they may charge you with drink driving, which carries a maximum fine of £100.
If there’s a second offence, you’ll face a further fine of up to £100,000.
If both offences are committed, you could also be prosecuted for drink driving and have your licence suspended.
If convicted, you can be charged with drink-driving and face up to three years in prison.
If arrested for drink-drive, you will have to pay a £2,500 fine.
The maximum fine for drink drive offences is £5,000, but fines can be waived if you don’t have a previous drink-related offence.
If police arrest you for drink drivers, you have 30 days to go before your drink driving offence is dealt with by a court.
This means you’ll probably have to take part in some form of road tests and have to complete a breathalyser test.
You could also have your drink licence suspended for a further period if you’ve been drinking in public.
In addition, if you’re arrested for being drunk on the road, you might be given a drink driving assessment.
This could take place in a police officer’s car.
This test can be carried out to determine your alcohol level, and it can also determine if you have been driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher.
If a police report says you have 0.07 or higher BAC, you may have to attend a roadside sobriety test, where a driver will have their breath checked and saliva taken.
If that doesn´t work, you are expected to take a breath test at a roadside breathalyzer machine, or you can go to a roadside alcohol testing centre.
If this doesn’t fix the problem, the court can order you to go to court and pay a fine.
If caught with 0.05 or lower BACs, you face an additional fine of around £20.
If not, you risk losing your licence and could be prosecuted again.
If it’s a joint offence, it may mean that you’ll have to do two tests.
If two results don’t work you could be fined and go to the court and take the next step in the process.
If all of the tests are negative, you won´t have to go through a court hearing, which can take several weeks.
You could also go to an alcohol clinic.
These clinics offer a free test to anyone who needs one.
There are also alcohol testing centres in all major towns and cities.
If alcohol testing is your only option, it might be worth checking whether a local alcohol clinic can help you.
If the results of the two tests you’re about to have are negative and you still have your alcohol licence, the first test could be used as the basis for a second.
If it’s too late, a judge may decide that you’re fit to drive.
If so, you’d have to retake the test before the next hearing.
The judge may also decide that it’s not a fit for purpose, meaning you’ll go to jail.
If, on the other hand, you pass the test and don’t get caught, you don´t need to go back to