Ban on the sale of alcohol to minors

The law n. 189/2012, of conversion of the Decree Law n. 158/2012, containing urgent provisions aimed at promoting the development of our country through “a higher level of health protection” (so-called “health decree”), provides for insertion, after art. 14-bis of the law of 30 March 2001, n. 125, of a new art. 14-ter, which introduced the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors, establishing the application of the pecuniary administrative sanction from 250 to 1000 euros to anyone selling alcoholic beverages to minors of eighteen years. If the fact is committed more than once, the pecuniary administrative sanction from 500 to 2000 euros is applied, with the suspension of the activity for three months.
The standard must be intended to apply both to sales exercises (commercial businesses of any size and type) and to the supply of food and beverages, effective from 11 November 2012, the day of entry into force of Law no. 189.
This although the art. 689 of the penal code already provides for the arrest of up to one year for anyone who administers alcoholic beverages to children under the age of 16.
Therefore, the Department of the P.S. of the Ministry of the Interior has specified that “according to the interpretation that seems more adherent to the spirit and the tenor of the new dispositions, the sale for the consumption on the spot (administration) of alcoholic drinks is sanctioned according to the art. 689 cod. pen., if performed against children under 16, and pursuant to the new art. 14-ter of the law 30.3.2001, n. 125, if performed against minors between the ages of 16 and 18; this last provision also applies to the sale of alcohol for removal to minors of any age “