What the law says about drinking and selling alcohol hours in Kenya: In many countries, there are regulations on the manufacture, sale, and consumption of alcohol. There are also limits on how much a person can drink and still operate a vehicle. Here is a look at some of the laws on alcohol in Kenya.
The Alcohol Drinks Control Act is a parliamentary statute that regulates the production, sale, and consumption of alcohol. The Act is meant to:
- Protect the health of Kenyans by setting out a legal framework that controls the sale, production, and use of alcoholic drinks
- To protect the youth by preventing their access to alcohol
- To protect those who consume alcohol from misleading advertisements on the use of alcohol
- To provide treatment and rehabilitation programmes for alcoholics
- To restrict illicit trade
- To educate the general public on the bad effects of alcohol use
Alcohol Drinks Control Act and the Traffic Act
Section 8 of the Alcohol Drinks Control Act deals with licensing. According to this section, all alcoholic products have to be cleared by the government. This means importers and manufacturers must submit samples of their brand for testing and certification. Those brands that are not tested are deemed to be illegal products.
The Act also requires the government to educate the public and create awareness on the consequences of consuming alcohol. This includes informing the public about the addictive nature of alcohol and how excessive use of alcohol can ruin morals. The Act also requires the government to have rehabilitation programmes to cater for addicts of alcohol.
The Act also has provisions for the age limit for alcohol consumption. According to the Act, selling, supplying, and giving alcohol to a person who is below the age of 18 is considered an offense. A person who commits such an offense shall be subjected to a fine of not more than Kshs 150,000 or a jail term of not more than one year, or both.
The law on alcohol consumption by motorists is controlled by the Traffic Act. This Act provides the blood alcohol concentration limit for drivers. Any driver whose blood alcohol concentration is above 0.35 grams per liter of breath or 0.8 grams per liter of blood will be guilty of breaking the law.