Teenage Issues

Information on some of the issues which affect young people, including teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug use and the laws surrounding them in Malta...

Youth and Alcohol

It is illegal for anyone under the age of 17 to drink alcohol, be in possession of alcohol, and to obtain or try to obtain alcohol.

Anyone caught driving while over the drink-drive limit – 35 mg of alcohol in the blood – will be fined and will receive between three and 11 points on their driving licence. A licence is revoked after a driver has exceeded 12 penalty points. Police may even take away a driver's licence on the spot.

Failing to submit to a breathalyser test can also result in sanctions and penalty points.

Teenagers and Drugs

The use of illegal drugs in Malta is less widespread than in some other European countries, but in autumn 2014, proposals to ease the laws on cannabis use provoked concern.

Families affected by drug use who are seeking further advice and support should contact the Sedqa Drugs Community Services.

  • A?enzija Sedqa (Foundation for Social Welfare Services)
    At: 3, Braille Street, Santa Venera SVR1690
    Tel: 2388 5110 Supportline: 179
    Fax: 2388 5242
  • Detox Centre – Substance Misuse Out-Patients Unit
    At: St. Luke’s Hospital, G’Mangia PTA 1011
    Tel: 2388 5300
  • Dar l-Impenn – Substance Misuse In-Patients Unit
    At: Hal Farrug, l/o Luga
    Tel: 2122 7075
  • Komunita Santa Marija – Residental Drug Rehabilitation Programme
    At: Hal Farrug, l/o Luga
    Tel: 2124 4528

Teenage Pregnancy

Abortion is illegal in Malta

Crisis Pregnancy Support

HOPE is a crisis pregnancy support group in Malta. It provides free pregnancy testing and confidential support and information to women facing an unexpected pregnancy.