Alcohol: Can You Buy and Drink It?

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Are you allowed to drink or buy alcohol? Yes and no. The law doesn't say that people under 18 can't drink alcohol. But they can't buy it. This means that it's up to you and your parents to decide whether you are allowed to drink alcohol on certain occasions, according to what's best for you.

 

In Quebec you cannot do these things: 

And if you do?

Under 18
  • buy alcohol for yourself or another person
  • have an adult buy alcohol for you
  • be in a bar, except in certain situations (see the list of exceptions below)
  • lie about your age (for example, by using a fake ID) to do any of the above
  • You are breaking the law.
  • You could be fined!
  • accept free alcohol from a retailer or restaurant owner
  • be served alcohol at a restaurant or go through an adult to do this
  • drink alcohol in a restaurant
  • You aren't breaking the law.
  • It's the retailer or restaurant owner who is breaking the law and could be fined or lose her liquor licence!

At any age, like other people!

  • drink in a public place (e.g., in a park or on a street), other than during certain events or when the law allows it
  • drink in a car
  • You are breaking the law.
  • You could be fined!

There are exceptions. You are allowed to be in a bar

  • before 8:00 p.m. on a terrace, if you are accompanied by one of your parents, or
  • in a reserved room or terrace, if you are attending an event there.

You are also allowed to go in certain places that sell alcohol: a theatre, an amphitheatre, a race-track, a sports center, a hunting or fishing lodge, or small-scale alcohol-production premises. But that doesn't mean you can get yourself some alcohol to drink!

Important !
This article explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. This article is not a legal opinion or legal advice. To find out the specific rules for your situation, consult a lawyer or notary.