Is it against the law in Vietnam for allowing children to drink alcohol and beer?

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Question date: 01/04/2023

Is it against the law in Vietnam for allowing children to drink alcohol and beer? What are the fines for allowing children in Vietnam to drink alcohol and beer? In Vietnam: Shall anyone allowing children to drink alcohol and beer or inciting them indulge in debauchery face criminal responsibility?

At my place, there are a few drinkers allowing children to drink alcohol even if they are very young, around 5-6 years old. I have seen them make children under 15 to drink alcohol to have fun many times. Is it against the law? Thank you!

    • Is it against the law in Vietnam for allowing children to drink alcohol and beer?

      Pursuant to Article 6 of the Law on Children in 2016 stipulating prohibited acts as follows:

      1. Deprive children of right to life.

      2. Neglect, abandon or engage in children trafficking, kidnap, swap and appropriate children.

      3. Involve in child sexual abuse, use violence against children, abuse or exploit children.

      4. Organize, support, incite or force the child to engage in child marriage.

      5. Use, persuade, incite, excite, entice or force children to commit violations against the law, or offend honor or dignity of other person.

      6. Prevent children from exercising their rights and responsibilities.

      7. Fails to provide or conceal or preclude the provision of information concerning children who are abused or threatened to be exploited or suffered violence to their families, educational establishments or competent agencies and officials.

      8. Discriminate against children on the grounds of their personal characters, family background, sex, race, nationality, belief or religion.

      9. Sell or facilitate children in drinking alcohol or beer, smoking and using addictive substances or other stimulants, and unsafe foods which may cause harm to children.

      ...

      As regulations above, it is against the law in Vietnam for allowing children to drink alcohol and beer.

      What are the fines for allowing children in Vietnam to drink alcohol and beer?

      Pursuant to Article 29 of the Decree 130/2021/NĐ-CP stipulating violation of regulations on prohibited sale or enabling of the use of addictives, stimulants, unsafe or harmful food for children; violation of regulations on provision of child-friendly products, services in Vietnam as follows:

      1. A fine ranging from VND 30.000.000 to VND 40.000.000 shall be imposed on:

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      c) Enabling children to use addictives, other stimulants, or unsafe, harmful food.

      2. Additional forms of penalty:

      a) Confiscation of exhibits and instruments of administrative violations for violations under Clause 1 of this Article;

      ...

      3. Remedial measures:

      a) Mandatory disposal of food or products unsafe, harmful for children for violations under Clause 1 of this Article;

      b) Mandatory payment of medical examination and treatment costs (if any) for children in case of violations under Clause 1 of this Article.

      Pursuant to Clause 2 Article 5 of the Decree 130/2021/NĐ-CP stipulating as follows:

      2. The fine for every administrative violation under Chapter II hereof shall be applicable to an individual offender, except for regulations under Articles 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, Clause 1 Article 16, Article 33, and Clause 2 Article 36 hereof. The fine applicable to an organization offender shall equal double the fine applicable to an individual offender.

      As regulations above, anyone allowing children in Vietnam to drink alcohol and beer shall face a ranging from VND 30.000.000 to VND 40.000.000, other additional penalties and remedial measures.

      In Vietnam: Shall anyone allowing children to drink alcohol and beer or inciting them indulge in debauchery face criminal responsibility?

      Pursuant to Article 325 of the Criminal Code in 2015 (amended by Clause 123 Article 1 of the Law on amendments to the Criminal Code in 2017) stipulating persuading, forcing a person under 18 to commit a criminal offence or harboring a person under 18 who committed a criminal offence as follows:

      1. Any person aged 18 or over who commits any of the following acts shall face a penalty of 01 - 05 years' imprisonment:

      a) Persuading or inciting a person under 18 to commit a criminal offence or indulge in debauchery;

      b) Threatening, using violence or other otherwise forcing a person under 18 to commit a criminal offence or indulge in debauchery;

      c) Harboring a person under 18 who committed a criminal offence.

      2. This offence committed in any of the following circumstances carries a penalty of 03 - 07 years' imprisonment:

      a) The offence is committed by an organized group;

      b) The offence involves ≥ 02 people under 18;

      c) The offence involves a person under 13;

      d) The offence involves a very serious crime or extremely serious crime committed by the person under 18;

      dd) Dangerous recidivism.

      3. The offender might also be liable to a fine of from VND 10,000,000 to VND 100,000,000.

      As regulations above, a penalty of 01 - 07 years' imprisonment and a fine ranging from VND 10,000,000 to VND 100,000,000 shall be imposed for anyone allowing children to drink alcohol and beer or inciting them indulge in debauchery or persuading, forcing a person under 18 to commit a criminal offence or harboring a person under 18 who committed a criminal offence.

      Best regards!

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