The Bottom Line Alcohol can be a dangerous poison for children. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system and causes low blood glucose (sugar). Children who drink alcohol can have seizures and coma; they could even die.
It is illegal to give kids under the age of five alcohol. While kids over five can be given alcohol at home, the NHS warns of health risks associated with young people drinking. The NHS says: “Drinking alcohol can damage a child's health, even if they're 15 or older.
The law on drinking alcohol in the UK It is illegal to try and buy alcohol for someone aged under 18. It is LEGAL to buy a child aged between 16-18 beer, wine or cider if they are eating a table meal at a licensed premises. It is LEGAL for a child aged 5-16 to drink alcohol at home or other licensed premises.