Are you aware of the consequences of proxy purchasing?

If you’re the adult being asked to buy alcohol for someone under 18:

Buying alcohol for anyone under the age of 18 is a criminal offence.

  • Depending on the circumstances, if you’re caught you could be fined up to £5,000.

  • You could also face a prison sentence of up to three months and a criminal record.

Alcohol-related anti social behaviour and violence affects everyone. It might be someone you know who suffers.

If you’re under 18 and asking an adult to buy alcohol for you:

  • You’ll lose the money you’ve handed over, and the alcohol purchased on your behalf will be confiscated.

  • If you are under 16 your parents or guardians will be notified.

  • If it’s an older brother, sister or mate, you’ve asked, then you’re putting them on the spot – they will be the ones facing a fine and a criminal record.

  • Alcohol can have a significant impact on your health, and put you in vulnerable or dangerous situations.

If you are working in a shop:

We know it can be hard to spot and stop customers buying for under 18s, but there are a number of steps that you can take.

Watch the video below to learn more about proxy purchasing and what you can do to tackle it

Police Scotland can help. Speak to your Local Community Policing Team. Visit for advice, resources and information.


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