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Under-25 Liquor Policy

The Under 25 Liquor Policy helps reduce or eliminate situations where minors attempting to purchase or consume liquor are not asked for identification. The policy has been in effect since 1994, and it applies to all Class A, B, C, D licensees, including duty free stores.

In Alberta, legal drinking age is 18. Because it can be difficult to tell if an individual is 18 years old and therefore legal to enter a licensed premise or purchase liquor, the Under 25 policy requires licensees to ask for proof of age from anyone who appears to be under 25 years of age.

Setting 25 as the age up to which ID is required means licensees are viewing the IDs of more young adults and increasing the rate at which they prevent minors from purchasing or consuming liquor.

To ensure compliance with this policy, the AGLC conducts random inspections, focusing on high-risk areas and licensees.

In addition, the AGLC continues to work with our industry partners to help ensure compliance with the policy and that the responsible sale and consumption of liquor is supported and encouraged.

Under-25 Liquor Policy posters:

Related resources:

ID Under 25 Awareness Campaign

The AGLC and the Alberta Liquor Store Association are pleased to partner on an awareness campaign to remind Albertans that it is the law in Alberta to ID anyone who looks to be under the age of 25 when buying liquor.

The main goal of the campaign is to increase awareness of the need for age verification. The campaign gives reatilers the tools to engage Albertans in a conversation about the need for age verification and the role they play in helping the industry keep liquor away from minors.

AGLC’s liquor industry partners:

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