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Drunkenness - Alcoholism

Verified 31 mars 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Alcohol consumption is regulated. Minors cannot buy or consume alcohol in public places. Drunkenness on the street is illegal. Alcohol consumption may also be prohibited in certain places.

Major

Drunkenness in a public place (in the street, in a park...) is prohibited. There is no defined blood alcohol level to define such drunkenness. The state of drunkenness is assessed by the security forces according to the situation.

The police are authorized to place a person in a drunken state in a sobering cell. This placement lasts for the time necessary for the effects of alcohol to dissipate (6 hours in general, but this period is left to the discretion of the police).

A person arrested while intoxicated on a public highway may be at risk of a traffic violation that €150.. The person will be tried by the police court.

In the event of hospitalization (e.g., due to ethyl coma), the summons and the hearing will take place later.

The sale and distribution of alcohol are prohibited in stadiums and gymnasiums (except exceptional authorization).

There may also be a restriction in certain protected areas, delimited by the prefect (near health institutions, schools, prisons, barracks...).

By-laws may also prohibit the consumption of alcohol in certain public places (parks, squares...)

Alcoholics tests must be made available to customers at drink rates (closed between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.). These breathalyzers must indicate the current blood alcohol limit and remind that driving is prohibited beyond these levels.

He is driving with blood alcohol equal to or greater than 0.5 grams (or 0.2 grams with a probationary license).

No alcoholic beverages other than wine, beer, cider or perry are permitted in the workplace.

These drinks can be authorized for special events (start or end of year jar, birthday, business meal ...) or at the company restaurant (canteen).

The employer may also prohibit all alcohol in the undertaking for safety reasons. His responsibility may be taken in the event of an accident caused by a drunk employee.

It is forbidden to let people who are drunk enter or stay in the workplace.

In case of alcohol addiction, it is possible to get help from your doctor or by contacting a specialized facility.

It is also possible, if you wish to remain anonymous, to use the alcohol number.

Who shall I contact
  • Listen to alcohol

    Assistance and support, information on effects, risks, law and places of reception

    By phone

    0 980 980 930

    Cost of a local call from a fixed or mobile phone.

    Open 7 days a week, from 8am to 2am.

In some cases, such as drunken driving, a magistrate may issue a medical injunction (an obligation to take a step towards care).

Minor

A minor under the age of 16 may not enter a bar or café serving alcohol by himself. He must be accompanied by a relative.

If the institution does not comply with this rule, its head may be fined €750..

And even if accompanied, the minor cannot be served alcohol. The ban applies to the sale of takeaway alcohol: grocery stores, supermarkets...

A dealer who sells (or offers) alcohol to a minor may be fined up to €7,500 and/or an operating ban.

The distribution of alcohol at will, carried out for commercial purposes or in exchange for a lump sum (e.g. admission to a party), is prohibited.

Drinking a minor to the point of drunkenness is punishable by criminal penalties. The penalties are:

  • €7,500 fine,
  • withdrawal of parental authority,
  • follow-up to a parental responsibility internship.

In addition, it is prohibited to sell or offer to a minor certain objects which have a direct incentive to excessive consumption of alcohol (cap, phone case, lighter, glasses ....).

In case of alcohol addiction, it is possible to get help from your doctor or by contacting a specialized facility.

It is also possible, if you wish to remain anonymous, to use the alcohol number.

Who shall I contact
  • Listen to alcohol

    Assistance and support, information on effects, risks, law and places of reception

    By phone

    0 980 980 930

    Cost of a local call from a fixed or mobile phone.

    Open 7 days a week, from 8am to 2am.

In case of alcohol addiction, it is possible to get help from your doctor or by contacting a specialized facility.

It is also possible, if you wish to remain anonymous, to use the alcohol number.

Who shall I contact
  • Listen to alcohol

    Assistance and support, information on effects, risks, law and places of reception

    By phone

    0 980 980 930

    Cost of a local call from a fixed or mobile phone.

    Open 7 days a week, from 8am to 2am.