There are many instances when being drunk in England and Wales is illegal. Some examples are below:

  • Being drunk in public
  • Being drunk and disorderly
  • Being drunk while boarding or on board an aircraft
  • Being drunk while in charge of a child under the age of seven
  • Being drunk while travelling to a “designated sporting event” i.e. a football match on public transport or in a vehicle with eight or more seats
  • Being drunk while in, or attempting to enter, a “designated sporting ground” i.e. a football stadium during a “designated sporting event” i.e. a football match

However, being drunk when behaving unreasonably is unlikely to result in police being involved. The police may become involved if the person who is drunk can no longer act in a reasonable manner. If this is the case, the police will either send the drunk person on their way or place them in a holding cell until they are sober.

The drunk person may be cautioned, issued a Penalty Notice for Disorder, or bailed to appear at court. If taken to court, the drunk person may face a conditional discharge, a maximum fine of £1,000, an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) or a drinking banning order (DBO).

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