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Map showing the legal age for buying alcohol around the World
     No laws (15 years and younger)      16-17 years and older      18-19 years and older      20-21+ years and older      Illegal      Data not available
.The legal drinking age refers to the earliest age in a country that a person is legally allowed to buy alcoholic beverages, which may be different from the age at which they may be permitted to drink alcohol, especially in the privacy of their home.^ Reviewing the legal drinking age .
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^ This legal drinking age applies across the country, in all states.

^ Ventura Limoncello is an alcoholic beverage intended for adults of legal drinking age.

.The legal drinking age varies around the world in general, from countries in Europe where people may consume alcoholic beverages from a young age, generally 16 or 17, to states in India where the drinking age is as high as 25. Some Islamic nations prohibit alcohol consumption by Muslims, and others by anyone.^ Legal drinking age in winnipeg, canada?
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^ Reviewing the legal drinking age .
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^ Some countries don't even have legal drinking ages.
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Africa

Country/region De jure Notes
Drinking age Purchase age
Botswana 16[1]
Cameroon 18[1] 21[1] 18 on-premise, 21 off-premise
Egypt 18[1][2]
Eritrea 16[1]
Ethiopia 18[1]
Gambia  ? [1]
Ghana -[3]
Malawi 18[3]
Mauritius none[1]
Morocco none[4] 16[4]
Namibia 18[1]
Niger 18[1]
Nigeria 18[1]
Rwanda 18[1]
South Africa 18[1]
Swaziland none[1] 18[1]
Sudan illegal[1]
Uganda 18[1]
Tunisia 15[1]
Zambia 16[1]
Zimbabwe 16[1]

Americas

Country / region De jure Notes
Drinking Age Purchase Age
Argentina 18[1]
Bahamas 18[1]
Belize 18[1]
Bermuda 18[1]
Bolivia 18[1]
Brazil 18[1]
Canada 18[1] in .Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec.^ Japan sets 20 as its legal limit, while the legal drinking age in Canada is 19 in all provinces except for Alberta, Quebec, and Manitoba, where people can drink legally at age 18.
  • Legal Age 21 - National Minimum Drinking Age - Choose Responsibility 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC www.chooseresponsibility.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Underage drinking by 16-17 year olds under parental supervision is permitted in Manitoba.^ In Europe, it starts under the supervision of parents.
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^ Most countries have a legal drinking age of 18 years but there are several countries in Europe with a lower drinking age of 16 years old like Belgium, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Italy and some others.
  • The legal drinking age in different countries - by Erik Van Tongerloo - Helium 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC www.helium.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ After a period of being permitted to drink only under parental supervision, 18 year-olds would then be allowed to enroll in an extensive alcohol education course, earning a drinking license upon successful completion.
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.Underage drinking by minors, under parental supervision in a residence or a temporary residence, is permitted in Alberta.^ In Europe, it starts under the supervision of parents.
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^ Reference 1 Reference 2 Connecticut - The only thing I found was that a minor (any one under the age of 21) can't drink alcohol pretty much.
  • Drinking Age and Alcohol Laws for All 50 States 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC www.youthrights.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The language of the bill was revised to exempt from liability parents who serve their own children alcohol, and also excluded drinking by a minor as part of a religious ritual.
  • Underage drinking at home 16 September 2009 13:23 UTC www.azcentral.com [Source type: News]

[5]
19[1] in .British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut.^ Prince Edward Island .
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^ Legal drinking age is 18 in Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec, and 19 in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland and the 3 territories (Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territory).
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^ British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Yukon.
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.Underage drinking under parental supervision is permitted in liscenced establishments in the provinces of New Brunswick and Ontario[6] and at home in the provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, British Columbia[7] and Saskatchewan.^ In Europe, it starts under the supervision of parents.
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^ Legal drinking age is 18 in Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec, and 19 in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland and the 3 territories (Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territory).
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^ What problems they do with underage drinking are usually the result of media blitz advertising "on some new trendy drink".
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[8] .(To be clear, in British Columbia, only children of the supervising parents are allowed underage drinking, not any other minors or guests.^ Is this not too young for children even if their parents allow this?
  • The legal drinking age in different countries - by Erik Van Tongerloo - Helium 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC www.helium.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A quarter of those parents admitted to allowing their children to drink at home."

^ Why is underage drinking the only crime in which an offender will never be considered an adult?
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.Consumption of alcohol in another person's home is subject to other laws.^ If anything on this website is construed as being contrary to the laws applicable in any other country, then this website is not intended to be accessed by persons from that country.
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^ This results in a lack of nationwide consistency in the laws governing alcohol use for people under age 21; for example, in many states, consumption of alcohol is not prohibited outright.
  • Legal Age 21 - National Minimum Drinking Age - Choose Responsibility 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC www.chooseresponsibility.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Using Mr. Anderson as an example, MADD and other antidrinking groups ramped up their lobbying efforts to strengthen state alcohol laws.
  • Underage drinking at home 16 September 2009 13:23 UTC www.azcentral.com [Source type: News]

)[9]
Chile 18[1]
Colombia 18[1]
Costa Rica 18[1]
Cuba none[1] 18[1]
Dominican Republic 18[1]
Ecuador 18[1]
El Salvador 18[1]
Guatemala 18[1]
Haiti 16[1]
Honduras 18[10]
Jamaica 18[1]
Mexico 18[1]
Nicaragua 19[1]
Panama 18[1]
Paraguay 20[1]
Peru 18[1]
Puerto Rico 18[1]
United States
(50 states and D.C.)
21[1]
The .National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 states that revenue will be withheld from states that allow the purchase of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21. Prior to the effective date of that Act, the drinking age varied from state to state.^ For the record, I'm from the US where the drinking age is 21.

^ "The minimum legal drinking age should remain at 21.

^ So the drinking age is 21 right?

.Some states do not allow those under the legal drinking age to be present in liquor stores or in bars (usually, the difference between a bar and a restaurant is whether food is being served).^ I'm voting for 25 being drinking age.

^ Lower the legal drinking age?
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^ BUT, the legal drinking age is lower than most of the United States.
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.Contrary to popular belief, since the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984, few states specifically prohibit minors' and young adults' consumption of alcohol in private settings.^ It's the United States legal drinking age.
  • Lowering the legal drinking age in America - Drug Laws & Prevention - Helium 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC www.helium.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Effects of drinking age on alcohol consumption .

^ Do any exceptions to Legal Age 21 exist under the National Minimum Drinking Age Act?
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.As of January 1, 2007, 14 states and the District of Columbia ban underage consumption outright, 19 states do not specifically ban underage consumption, and an additional 17 states have family member and/or location exceptions to their underage consumption laws.^ In addition to making general distinctions between purchase and consumption, drinking age laws also distinguish specifically between the ages at which alcohol can be consumed and purchased on-premise (generally pubs, cafes, bars, restaurants) and off-premise (liquor stores, “state stores,” supermarkets, etc.

^ This results in a lack of nationwide consistency in the laws governing alcohol use for people under age 21; for example, in many states, consumption of alcohol is not prohibited outright.
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^ But since they have learned that it is OK to break the law (speeding limit), they do drink and many of them are now getting underage consumption tickets.
  • Legal drinking age? - Topix 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC www.topix.com [Source type: General]

.Federal law explicitly provides for religious, medical, employment and private club possession exceptions; as of 2005, 31 states have family member and/or location exceptions to their underage possession laws.^ Map of exceptions (if any) to underage possession of alcohol across the United States, as of Jan.

^ In effect, this provision means that states that legislate one or more exceptions to the 21 year-old drinking age are not at risk of losing federal highway funding.
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^ Bar graph showing number of states and variations in their underage alcohol consumption laws.

.However, non-alcoholic beer in many (but not all) states, some including Idaho, Texas, and Maryland, is considered legal for minors (those under the age of 21).^ Legal age 21 is an abridgment of the age of majority.
  • Lower drinking age to 18?» Abilene Reporter News 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC www.reporternews.com [Source type: News]

^ Those over 18, but under 21 have all the responsibilities of adulthood.
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^ Make the legal age 21.
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[11]
.By a judge's ruling, South Carolina appears to currently allow the possession and consumption of alcohol by those 18–20 years of age,[12] though a circuit court judge said otherwise.^ Effects of drinking age on alcohol consumption .

^ Is less than [ 21 ] 18 years of age and possesses alcohol; .

^ As indicated by the examples in Appendix I, the most commonly legislated minimum age for both on-premise consumption and off-premise purchase is 18-years old, with lower limits in countries such as France and Denmark (16-years old for off-premise purchase), and higher limits in the United States, Indonesia, and Micronesia (21-years old for on- and off-premise purchase) and Japan (20-years old).

Uruguay 18[1]
Venezuela 18[1]

Asia

Country / region De jure Notes
Drinking Age Purchase Age
Afghanistan illegal[13]
Armenia none
Azerbaijan 18[1]
Brunei illegal[1]
Bangladesh illegal[14]
Cambodia none[15]
Cyprus 17[1]
People's Republic of China 18[1] Introduced in January 2006.[16]
Georgia none[1] 16[1]
Hong Kong 18[1]
India .18–25 (varies between states; e.g., 25 in Delhi).^ Between 1970 to 1975, 29 states lowered their Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) from 21 to 18, 19, or 20.

^ Ghana None None Greece 17 None Guatemala 18 18 Guinea-Bissau None None Guyana 18 18 Hungary 18 18 Iceland 20 20 India 18 to 25, depending on state.
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[1]
Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in the states of Manipur, Mizoram and Gujarat.[17]
Indonesia 21[1]
Iran illegal[18] Legal for certain religious groups if required for ceremonies.
Israel 18[1]
Jordan 18[19]
Japan 20[1]
Kuwait illegal[20]
Lebanon none[1]
Macau none[1] none[1][21]
Malaysia none[1] 18[1]
Mongolia 18[22]
Nepal 18[1] None
North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) 18[1] Alcoholic beverages are served on Saturdays.
Oman 21[1]
Pakistan Illegal, 21 for non-Muslims[1]
Philippines 18[23]
Saudi Arabia illegal Forbidden by Sharia (Islamic Law, with qur'anic and other traditional legal inspirations). Offenders are typically punished with lashes.
Singapore 18[1]
South Korea (Republic of Korea) 19[1] If the person is 20 years old in Korean age, one can drink. (18-19 in universal age, it means if he/she becoming 19 in the same year, even if he/she is 18 years old, he/she will be able to drink)
Sri Lanka 21[1]
Taiwan 18[24]
    .
  • It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to consume alcohol.^ If you're going to lower the drinking age to 18, make people take an alcohol education class (like at least once a week for 3-4 months) which gives out a license upon completion to purchase and consume alcohol.
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    ^ Originally Posted by billbradshaw Yes, the age for legally drinking alcoholic beverages should be lowered to 18 for the men and women who are serving in the military.
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    ^ Yes, the age for legally drinking alcoholic beverages should be lowered to 18 for the men and women who are serving in the military.
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    [25]
  • .
  • Parents, guardians, and others taking care of people under 18 shall prohibit underage drinking,[26] or risk administrative fines of 10000 to 50000 new Taiwan dollars when the situations are serious.^ Underage drinking is a serious problem.

    ^ The younger people that drink are risking their lives for the drinks thay take...
    • Should legal drinking age be lowered to 18? I say... - Jerry Davich: Observations from the edge 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC blogs.post-trib.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As far as making the drinking age 18 it will not do anything but allow some people drink.
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    [27]
  • .
  • One shall not supply alcohol to anyone under the age of 6.[28] A violator shall be administratively fined 3000 to 15000 new Taiwan dollars.^ The truth of the matter is, I already drink and it's just a waste of an article in the statutes to consider under age drinking (esp, 18+) illegal when no one can really check it!!
    • Legal drinking age? - Topix 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC www.topix.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Williams, T.P. and Lillis, R.P. Changes in alcohol consumption by 18-year-olds following an increase in New York State's purchase age to 19.

    ^ One reason the drinking age is 21 is because legal age drinkers will purchase alcohol for their younger friends, 18-20.
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    [29]
Tajikstan 21[1]
Thailand none 18[1]
Turkey 18 Some new laws were introduced since 2005, by the AK Parti government.[30][31][32][33]
.A minimum of 16 years of age are allowed to drink non-distilled beverages while being accompanied by parents.^ I'm voting for 25 being drinking age.

^ Coate, D. and Grossman, M. Effects of alcoholic beverage prices and legal drinking ages on youth alcohol use.

^ If they lower the age the nation dosent realize the money that will be mad a year just form the lowering of the drinking age.
  • New initiative to lower legal drinking age | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC wwaytv3.com [Source type: Original source]

[citation needed]
Turkmenistan 18[1]
United Arab Emirates 21 Expatriate, non-Muslim residents may request a liquor permit to purchase alcoholic beverages; it is illegal for such holders to provide drinks to others.[34]
Yemen illegal

Europe

Country / region De jure Notes
Drinking Age Purchase Age
Albania none
Austria 16, 18 for distilled beverages in some states .Upper Austria, Salzburg and Tirol prohibit the consumption of distilled beverages below the age of 18, while Carinthia and Styria prohibit drinks containing more than 12% or 14% of alcohol respectively in this age bracket.^ Effects of drinking age on alcohol consumption .

^ Change the drinking age to 18.
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^ Did some of them drink more than that?
  • Decoder - Breaking down teen culture, substance abuse, and parenting » Blog Archive » Should we lower the drinking age from 21 to 18? 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC decoder.drugfree.org [Source type: Original source]

.Carinthia additionally requires adolescents to maintain a blood alcohol level below 0.05%, while Upper Austria prohibits "excessive consumption", and Salzburg prohibits consumption that would result in a state of intoxication.^ The students would binge drink because they had to be sneaky and cross state borders, as opposed to regular and boring access to alcohol.
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^ This would bring some money back to the state and educate kids so they know boundaries with alcohol.
  • Should legal drinking age be lowered to 18? I say... - Jerry Davich: Observations from the edge 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC blogs.post-trib.com [Source type: Original source]

.Prohibitions in Vienna, Burgenland, Lower Austria and Vorarlberg apply only to alcohol consumption in public.^ In my opinion, lowering the drinking age will only fill up the rows of those teenagers that end up in an alcohol rehab center.
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^ The only reason they want to lower it is to increase alcohol sales to increase taxes for the state.
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^ I predict that lowering the legal age limit is going to produce more alcohol related traffic deaths, not only the teenagers, but innocent bystanders as well.
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Vienna additionally prohibits the consumption of alcohol in schools under the age of 18.[35]
Belarus 18
Belgium (Bars, etc.) 16/18 for distilled & strong spirits (>22%) 16/18 for distilled & strong spirits (>22%)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 16 18
Bulgaria 18
Croatia 18
Cyprus 17
Czech Republic 18[36]
Denmark none 16 (Shops), 18 (Bars) To buy alcohol in stores one must be 16, however some bars have a limit at 18. There is no drinking age, only a purchase age, and an adult can buy alcohol for a minor. By tradition youths are privately allowed to drink alcohol after their confirmation.[37] .If a shop or bar fails to ask for an ID-card and they are identified having sold alcohol to an underage, they are fined.^ Whether it be an older friend, a fake ID, or simply asking a stranger to buy it, kids will find a way to get alcohol.
  • Should legal drinking age be lowered to 18? I say... - Jerry Davich: Observations from the edge 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC blogs.post-trib.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If they provide alcohol to them, there should be very strict fines/penalties for such .
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^ Secondly, they need to have stricter laws pertaining to contributing to the delinquency of a minor or providing alcohol to someone underage.
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A national ID-card, obtained in the local town hall, can serve as age verification.[38] This card is rarely used though, since a passport or moped-licence can be used.[39]
Estonia 18
Finland 18 (bars and restaurants), adult discretion in private[40] .18 (up to 22% ABV in stores and all alcohol in bars), 20 (all alcohol); alcohol may not be sold to intoxicated customers.^ We hear all the time of kids dying from alcohol poisoning when they hit 21 and binge, think of all the 18 year olds that might happen to.
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^ When the legal age is lower than 21, teens purchase the majority of their alcohol at liquor stores because it is cheaper than getting it at bars.

^ After the age-21 MLDA was implemented, alcohol-involved highway crashes declined immediately (i.e., starting the next month) among the 18- to 20-year-old population.

Age limits apply to purchase and possession. Police may search minors in public places and confiscate or destroy alcoholic beverages. Adults are responsible for alcohol use by minors in private.
France none 18 Buying alcohol is illegal below the age of 18..[41] Selling alcohol to a minor can be fined €7,500.[42] The law has been changed recently.^ Enforcement actions against those selling or providing alcohol to minors are particularly rare (Wagenaar and Wolfson, 1994).

^ Secondly, they need to have stricter laws pertaining to contributing to the delinquency of a minor or providing alcohol to someone underage.
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^ Studies have repeatedly shown a majority of alcohol outlets regularly break the law, for example, by selling alcohol to minors (Forster et al., 1994, 1995; Preusser and Williams, 1992) or selling to intoxicated patrons (Toomey et al., 1999).

[43] .Drinking alcohol is not forbidden to minors in private, but supplying them with alcohol that results in intoxication is.^ If the drinking age IS lowered, I think there should be harsher punishments in place for people who are caught drinking and drink or selling alcohol to minors.

^ There is an idea in the US that alcohol is a forbidden substance which adds to the binge drinking problem.
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[44]
Germany 16, 18 for distilled beverage,14 together with parents 16, 18 for distilled beverages[45] Possession or consumption of alcohol by minors is not outlawed, but it is illegal to sell them alcohol or let them drink in public below the respective drinking age. Fermented alcoholic beverages may be consumed by minors in public when in presence of a legal guardian; drinking in private is not controlled. The restrictions on distilled beverages apply also to mixed drinks containing them.[45]
Gibraltar none 16
Greece none none (Shops), 17 (Bars)
Hungary 18 18
Iceland 20[46] Possession or consumption of alcohol by minors is not an offence but supplying them with alcohol is. However, law allows alcohol possessed by a minor to be confiscated.
Republic of Ireland 18[1] 18[1]
Italy none none, 16 (limit to get served alcoholic drinks in public places) .South Tyrol prohibits both serving and purchase for people under the age of 16 and to everybody in a state of inebriation.^ However, as some states raised their drinking age while neighboring states did not, some young people drove across state lines to get alcohol, increasing the chance of traffic crashes.

^ Williams, T.P. and Lillis, R.P. Changes in alcohol consumption by 18-year-olds following an increase in New York State's purchase age to 19.

^ How about 18 (matching the age of majority in most states) with 16 being acceptable under direct parental supervision?
  • Decoder - Breaking down teen culture, substance abuse, and parenting » Blog Archive » Should we lower the drinking age from 21 to 18? 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC decoder.drugfree.org [Source type: Original source]

[47] Milan has enforced a ban on under 16's purchasing alcohol. Heavy fines are given to proprieters and parents if a transaction is completed.
Liechtenstein .16 for wine, beer and cider
18 for spirits & spirit-based beverages.
^ Steambroom: 16 for Beer and Wine or winebased drinks 18 for the liqour .

^ My parents took the curiosity away by letting me sip on a beer or wine when I was 16 and 17..of course, I thought they tasted horrible.
  • Decoder - Breaking down teen culture, substance abuse, and parenting » Blog Archive » Should we lower the drinking age from 21 to 18? 6 January 2010 19:28 UTC decoder.drugfree.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Wagenaar, A.C. Aggregate beer and wine consumption: Effects of changes in the minimum legal drinking age and a mandatory beverage container deposit law in Michigan.

e.g. alcopops
Wine, beer and ciders as well as some other party drinks that may not contain spirits can be purchased by the age of 16. Spirits as well as alcopops can be sold only to people above the age of 18.[48]
Luxembourg 16
Latvia 18
Lithuania 18
Macedonia 18
Malta 16, drinking in public is not allowed. 17 Identification document mandatory.
Moldova No minimum age (beer),
18 (wine and spirits)
Montenegro none 18
Netherlands 16 in pubs or cafes 16 (under 15% ABV),
18 (15% ABV and over)
Buyers must show id. if under age of 20. Drinking in public is not allowed. Selling alcohol to underaged customers carries a fine of €900–3,600.
Norway none[49] 18 (under 22% ABV),
20 (over 22% ABV)
Drinking age is often erroneously perceived by the public as being 18, even though minors consuming alcohol are never held criminally responsible, but those supplying them with alcohol is. However, law allows alcohol possessed by a minor to be confiscated.
Poland none 18
Portugal none 16 (will be changing to 18 soon)
Romania none 18
Russia 18
Serbia none none There is no law that regulates the minimum drinking or purchase age, but some stores display notices saying that the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors is prohibited.
Slovakia 18 18
Slovenia none 18
Spain 18 (16 in Asturias)
Sweden 18 (bars and restaurants) 20 (Systembolaget[50] stores),
18 (beer with 2.25%–3.5% ABV in normal shops), none (less than 2.25% ABV)
See also alcohol in Sweden. .Bars/clubs often voluntarily choose to have higher age limits than 18, commonly 20 or 23. It is not illegal to drink below 18, but it is illegal to sell, lend or give alcohol to someone under age[51], and the police can seize alcohol from them.^ Change the drinking age to 18.
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^ They want a national debate about lowering the drinking age to 18.
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^ If the legal age were lowered to 18, there would be a larger percentage of the population drinking, and not necessarily in moderation either.
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.It is legal to give alcohol as a gift to an underage for consumption on location, in a reasonable manner[51].^ Of the 54 analyses that were not college specific, 24 (44%) found a significant inverse relationship between the legal age and alcohol consumption.

^ Give them the right to drink alcohol and look out for the legal consequenses of thier actions.
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^ Of the 21 cross-sectional analyses, 8 (38%) found a significant inverse relationship between legal drinking age and alcohol consumption, whereas only 3 found a significant positive relationship.

Switzerland 16 (for beer, wine and cider), 18 (for spirits, liquor and alcopops)
Turkey 18 Some new laws were introduced since 2005, by the AK Parti government.[30][31][32][33]
.A minimum of 16 years of age are allowed to drink non-distilled beverages while being accompanied by parents.^ I'm voting for 25 being drinking age.

^ Coate, D. and Grossman, M. Effects of alcoholic beverage prices and legal drinking ages on youth alcohol use.

^ If they lower the age the nation dosent realize the money that will be mad a year just form the lowering of the drinking age.
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[citation needed]
Ukraine 18[1]
United Kingdom
5 (in private)
16 (in public with a meal and accompanied by an adult)
18 (otherwise)
18 Children under 5 must not be given alcohol unless under medical supervision or in an emergency (Children and Young Persons Act 1933, Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937).[52][53] However, children aged 5 and over may legally consume alcohol in their own or someone else's home as long as they are under the supervision of an adult, but Social Services are intolerant of this occurring with children under the age of 14.
.The minimum age for the purchase of alcohol is 18. People aged 16 or 17 may consume wine, beer or cider on licensed premises (pubs/bars/restaurants) with a table meal.^ However, as some states raised their drinking age while neighboring states did not, some young people drove across state lines to get alcohol, increasing the chance of traffic crashes.

^ Barsby, S.L. and Marshall, G.L. Short-term consumption effects of a lower minimum alcohol-purchasing age.

^ A person can obtain a hunting license at age 12, driver's license at age 16, vote and serve in the military at 18, serve in the U.S. House of Representatives at age 25 and in the U.S. Senate at age 30 and run for President at age 35.

In England & Wales, an adult must order.[54] In Scotland, no adult is required to be present.[55][56] .The legal age for the purchase of alcohol from an off-licence (store/supermarket) is 18 (The legal age to buy liquor chocolates is 16 (however this is rarely enforced)).^ If the legal age were lowered to 18, there would be a larger percentage of the population drinking, and not necessarily in moderation either.
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^ I was in the military and lived in Europe where the legal drinking age is usually 16.
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^ I don’t believe the issue here is whether or not the legal drinking age is 18 or 21.
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Under the BBPA's Challenge 21 scheme, customers attempting to buy alcoholic beverages are asked to prove their age if in the retailer's opinion they look under 21, even though they are only 18. Many supermarket and off-licence chains display Challenge 21 notices stating that they will not serve persons who look under 21 without ID.
Purchasing alcohol on behalf of a minor is illegal in Scotland, England and Wales. This means acting as the young person's agent.[57][58]

Oceania

Country / region De jure Notes
Drinking Age Purchase Age
American Samoa (US) 21
Australia 18 Liquor laws vary by state. See Alcohol laws of Australia for more details.
Fiji 18 Was 21 from 2006-2009. Lowered to 18 on May 19, 2009. Very loosely enforced.[59]
Guam (U.S.) 18
Micronesia 21[1]
New Zealand none 18 There is no minimum drinking age, but all persons under 18 years must be supplied with alcohol only by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Usually any person under 18 without a guardian who is found consuming alcohol in a public place will have the drink removed and if intoxicated will be returned to their home, or be held by police until sober. Due to the new "party rule", if there is any person under the age of 18 present while alcohol is being bought in a shop, the shop may refuse to sell the alcohol (unless if the person under 18 is the child or dependant of the purchaser).[60]
Northern Mariana Islands (U.S.) 21
Palau 21
Papua New Guinea 18
Samoa 16
Solomon Islands none
Tonga 18
Tokelau 18
Vanuatu 18

See also

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