Alcohol and the legal age

Changes to the NT Liquor Act

On 1 October 2019, liquor laws changed in the Northern Territory (NT).

The information below is currently under review.

For more up to date information, contact Licensing NT.

In the Northern Territory (NT) you must be 18 years old to:

  • buy alcohol
  • enter a gaming premises, such as a pokie room or casino
  • serve alcohol in a bar, restaurant or liquor outlet.

If you are under 18 years old and caught drinking alcohol in a licensed premise, you will be asked to leave.

You may be charged with an offence if you serve or supply alcohol to someone who is under 18 years old.

Find out more about alcohol and your body.

This website also includes information about where you can find alcohol and drug support or rehabilitation services.

Last updated: 03 June 2015

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