Alcohol Bye-Laws and On-Street Drinking





We want everyone to feel safe in Newry and Mourne, so we're working with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and other groups to enforce alcohol bye-laws in public areas.

The PSNI can confiscate alcohol, take the names of offending drinkers and then pass them onto us so we can prosecute them.

This forms part of our ongoing work to reduce underage and on-street drinking.

When you're out and about, please be aware that:

  • anyone over the age of 18 caught drinking in a specified non-drinking area may be prosecuted and could face a fine of up to £500
  • anyone under the age of 18 caught drinking will have their details passed on to the PSNI Youth Diversion Officer and have a letter sent to their parents.
  • alcohol at parades will be confiscated (this may be extended to include other events such as festivals).

Why should I remember this when out and about with my friends?

If you drink alcohol in a public place:-

  • you risk a prosecution and fine if over the age of 18, and a referral to the PSNI if under the age of 18.
  • This can impact on applications for some Further Education and University courses. It will not look good to potential employers and
  • can also affect your ability to travel to other countries for work and leisure.

Think before you drink in a public place— it’s just not worth the fall-out.

Alcohol bye-laws 2011

You can download the bye-laws relating to the consumption of intoxicating liquor in public places in the Newry and Mourne District Council area, in operation from 6 June 2011 LINK TO BYE-LAWS

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