To drink or not to drink alcohol is a personal choice of everyone. At the same time, the taste preferences of an individual citizen should not conflict with social ethics and morality, suggesting a healthy lifestyle, or pose a threat to the safety of others or public order. That is why civilized countries are struggling against any manifestations of alcohol propaganda, also at the legislative level, determining the permissible places and conditions for drinking it. The Donetsk People’s Republic is also following this path.
Thus, in the Republic, for drinking beer (except non-alcoholic), alcoholic and low-alcohol drinks in prohibited places or appearing in public places in a state of intoxication, which is an offence to human dignity and public morality, administrative responsibility is provided in accordance with Art. 178 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences (as amended in the territory of the DPR). This article establishes such types of administrative penalties as a warning, a fine in the amount of 34 rubles to 272 rubles, public works, punitive deduction, and administrative arrest.
To the places prohibited for drinking alcohol, Art. 178 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences includes streets, indoor sports facilities, squares and parks, all types of public transport (including international transport), and other prohibited places. Exceptions are trading and catering enterprises where the sale of the above products is authorized by the relevant local government.
It should be noted that, according to Clause 1 of Article 178 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences, drinking beer (except non-alcoholic), alcoholic, low-alcohol drinks in prohibited places, as well as to be in a state of intoxication in public places, entails responsibility in the form of a warning or a fine from one to five tax-exempt minimum incomes of citizens.
In accordance with Clause 2 of Article 178 of the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offences, the above actions, committed repeatedly within a year after the application of measures of administrative penalties, entail the imposition of a fine from three to seven tax-exempt minimum incomes of citizens.
In the case when a person has already been twice subjected to an administrative penalty for drinking alcohol in prohibited places or for appearing in public places in a state of intoxication within a year, a penalty is provided in the form of a fine from six to eight tax-exempt minimum incomes of citizens or public works for a period ranging from 20 to 30 hours, or punitive deduction for a period ranging from one to two months with a payback of 20% of earnings, or administrative arrest for up to 15 days.