Is alcohol allowed at the Brazilian Grand Prix?


Here’s everything you need to know regarding the regulations on consumption of alcohol at the Brazilian Grand Prix

Alcohol regulations at the Interlagos circuit – the venue of the Brazilian GP, typically revolve around ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all attendees. Let us take a look at some general rules and guidelines that visitors and attendees must follow.

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Heineken display board in F1 (Getty)

Legal Drinking Age: All attendees must adhere to the legal drinking age of the host country. In Brazil, the legal drinking age is 18, so attendees must be at least 18 years old to purchase or consume alcohol.

Designated Areas: There are designated areas within the event venue where alcohol can be purchased and consumed. These areas are typically cordoned off, and alcohol may not be allowed in other parts of the venue, such as the grandstands.

Responsible Consumption: Attendees are expected to consume alcohol responsibly. Overindulgence, unruly behavior, and public intoxication may lead to ejection from the event.

Alcohol Sales Hours: There are restrictions on the hours during which alcohol can be sold. Sales will end before the main race or event to ensure that attendees are sober and attentive.

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Brazilian Grand Prix (Reddit)

Prohibited Items: Attendees are not allowed to bring their own alcohol into the venue. Glass bottles, flasks, and other containers are prohibited for safety reasons.

Identification: ID checks are put in place to verify the age of attendees before they can purchase alcohol. Attendees are required to carry a valid form of identification.

Alcohol-Free Zones: Some areas of the venue, such as family zones or certain stands, are designated as alcohol-free to provide a family-friendly environment.

In 2022, a new section of the Interlagos circuit was unveiled to the public for the first time. This section, known as the Heineken Village, is situated within the expansive grassy area inside the circuit’s final corners, positioned between Turns 10 and 14. In 2023, two different 3-day access options are offered for the Heineken Village: Field Area Access and Star Premium Area access. The Heineken Village, which has a festival-inspired atmosphere, not only provides spectators with some of the closest and most exceptional views of the race circuit, but it also offers exclusive entertainment, such as DJ sets. Additionally, a variety of food and beverages are available, and large screens are set up to ensure that you won’t miss any of the on-track action.

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What are the general laws regarding alcohol consumption in Brazil?

Alcohol consumption laws in Brazil are subject to federal, state, and municipal regulations. Brazil has a legal drinking age of 18, and it is strictly enforced. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Vendors are required to check identification to ensure compliance. Liquor stores (known as “lojas de conveniência” or “bebidas”) and supermarkets can sell alcoholic drinks, but they are subject to specific operating hours, typically not being allowed to sell alcohol after 10 or 11 PM. Some states may have variations in these hours.

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Brazilian GP (F1)

In terms of where alcohol can be consumed, it is generally allowed in private residences and licensed establishments such as bars, restaurants, and clubs. However, there are restrictions on public consumption in certain areas, particularly during specific events or festivals. It’s worth noting that the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for driving in Brazil is 0.05%. Penalties for driving under the influence can be severe, including fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment. Sobriety checkpoints and random breathalyzer tests are not uncommon, especially during holidays and weekends.

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