yeah, you can't buy booze for random kids in britain either, as much as the kids try and persuade you that you can - i used to work in a corner shop with an off-licence, and you'd not believe how many times i had to interveine and spoil the cunning plans of local teenagers hanging about outside the door with handfulls of change trying to get random adults to buy them booze (and cigarettes... and rent them adult movies) hehehe.
here an adult can buy alcohol for themselves, and let their child have a glass or two in their home, supervised, it seems.
Kids over the age of five can drink at home, but aren't allowed to buy alcohol. (i'd like to see a five year old try and lug a bottle of JD home).
When you're 16, you can drink beer, wine, cider or perry (not spirits) with a meal in a restaurant, or in the dining section of a pub - but only if it's bought for you buy an adult.
It's illegal for anyone under 18 to buy alcohol, and if they try to do so, or if an adult tries to buy it for them, both could be fined £1000. the store owner would get in big trouble too.
If police catch children with alcohol, they can confiscate it.
the law in britain seems designed to slowly wean you onto alcohol... which makes a little sense to me. making it totally off limits, then suddenly liberally available, sounds a bit like a recipe for disaster- though you'd hope that by 21 people would be smart enough to be sensible with their poison of choice... in england many don't seem to be that way at 18.