You might think being drunk in a pub is pretty much the whole point of being there, other than socializing and such. But it turns out that it’s actually illegal.
It’s one of many strange laws that are still in force in the UK. And it could get you fined.
This one is somewhat contradictory, given that the idea of pubs is to have a drink. However, if you drink too much and get drunk, you are breaking the law, reports the Mirror.
Section 12 of the Licenses Act 1872 states: “Anyone found intoxicated…in a licensed establishment shall be liable to punishment”. This means that if you are drunk in a pub or any other public place, you could be relieved of £200 per fine.
If you are intoxicated in an ‘alcohol-free zone’ or ‘no-alcohol zone’ that characterizes many city centers these days, the maximum fine is up to £500.
It is also an offense to sell alcohol to an intoxicated or disorderly person. Your mind is probably going to an instance in the past where you have been seated watching the entertainment unfold as someone behind the bar refuses to continue serving a drunken customer.
Under the Licenses Act 2003, anyone who sells alcohol to someone who is intoxicated can be given a notice of a fixed fine of £90 by the police. The fine can be increased to £1,000 if it ends up being taken to court.