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The minimum legal drinking ages across the world

The minimum legal age for drinking alcoholic beverages varies widely between countries. It ranges from 16 years of age to the total prohibition. Join us for a tour around the world to get to know the minimum age for drinking alcohol in the main alcohol consuming countries of the world and to learn about some of its controversies.

The minimum legal drinking age in the world shown by countries

  • The United States – The minimum age is 21 years. However, it causes a bit of a controversy because 18-year-olds can join the army and fight in a war yet they are not allowed to drink alcohol.

 

  • Canada – The laws in this North American country vary by province/territory. Thus, in the provinces of Manitoba, Alberta and Quebec the minimum age is 18, while in the rest of the provinces and territories the minimum age is 19.

 

  • Brazil – In the country of Cachaça, the minimum age is 18, however, you can vote at 16.

 

  • Latin America – In all the countries of Latin America (Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Ecuador, Panama, Cuba, Costa Rica, Honduras, Bolivia, Puerto Rico and others) the minimum age for drinking alcoholic beverages is 18. However, there is an exception: in Paraguay, the minimum legal drinking age is 21. The age limit is higher in this country because it has a high rate of harmful alcohol consumption

 

  • United Kingdom – Here, as in most countries, you can only buy alcohol from the age of 18, but the consumption of low-grade beverages such as wine, beer or cider is allowed from the age of 16 when it is in the company of an adult. It is also allowed to drink in public.

 

  • Spain – In the country, which is the third largest producer of wine and other famous distillates such as marc, the law prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages until the age of 18. Although there is no national law that prohibits the sale of alcohol to children under 18 years of age, the regulation by Autonomous Community sets the limit of buying alcoholic beverages at 18.

 

  • Italy – One of the other major wine producing countries, along with France and Spain, also sets the age of consumption of alcoholic beverages at 18 years.

 

  • France and Portugal – Two countries that both have a long tradition of wines and good drinks; in both countries the minimum legal drinking ages are 18 years of age, although young people often start drinking from the age of 16 and it is not considered a crime.

 

  • Belgium and the Netherlands – In the beer kingdom, Belgium, the law allows the purchase of wine and beer from the age of 16, and you can legally purchase all types of alcoholic drinks from the age of 18. In the Netherlands the rules are similar, however, the distinction is made by the percentage of alcohol: if you are older than 16 but younger than 18, you can buy drinks with an alcohol content of less than 15%; you must wait until you turn 18 years old to be able to buy drinks with a higher alcohol content.

 

  • Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland – In the Nordic countries regulation makes a clear distinction between the types of alcoholic beverages that can be consumed based on age. Thus, in Denmark, young people between the ages of 16 and 18 can buy wine and other alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of less than 16.5% and from 18 years of age, there are no limits. In Sweden, you can only buy alcoholic beverages in the Systembolaget (state monopoly) and you must be 20 years old to buy, although it is possible to drink in bars and restaurants from the age of 18. In Norway, the system is like that of Sweden, with the difference that people over 18 can buy wine and beer in state stores (Vinmonopolet). For beverages with a higher alcohol content, you must wait until you turn 20 years old. And in Finland, where wines, spirits and beers are also sold through a public shopping system (Alko), young people over 18 can buy drinks with a maximum content of 22% alcohol, and they must wait until they turn 20 before they can buy beverages with a higher graduation.

 

  • Germany and Austria – In Germany you can buy wine and beer from the age of 16 and from the age of 18 you can buy alcoholic beverages with a higher graduation. In Austria, there are differences between the federated states, which means that in some places the consumption of lower-grade beverages is allowed from the age of 16 and in other places only from the age of 18. The distinctions can be made either by type of drink or by alcohol content.

 

  • Eastern Europe – In the countries of Eastern Europe, the minimum age for drinking alcohol is also 18 years.

 

  • India – The laws in this enigmatic country are also enigmatic; the legal drinking age varies between 18 and 25 years of age, depending on the province in which you are.

 

 

  • Japan – Young Japanese people must wait until they are 20 years old to be able to drink good sake.

 

  • Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran and other countries with a Muslim majority – The consumption of alcohol is prohibited in the Muslim world. The Koran uses the term Jamr (“wine”) to refer to any alcoholic substance that causes drunkenness and its intake is considered a serious offence against Islam.

 

  • Sub-Saharan Africa – This is a territorial extension that is so coarse and politically diverse that one cannot speak of a minimum age in a generic way. There are countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa or Nigeria where the minimum legal drinking age is 18 years old. However, there are other countries like Togo or Ghana where there is no known minimum age (or at least not from the western point of view).

 

Other curiosities about alcohol consumption

In addition to the minimum legal age for drinking alcohol, the consumption of wine, spirits and beers provides an infinity of curiosities and peculiarities. As we discovered in the post Rarest and most bizarre prohibitions against alcohol around the world, there are a number of peculiarities regarding alcohol consumption, such as the prohibition of riding horses after drinking, or not being allowed to sell cold beer.

As always, we take the opportunity to recommend drinking in moderation. If you are of legal age to consume alcohol, you can enjoy one of these drinks:

The best vodkas

 TAGS:Vodka is a type of distillate that can be spelled in different ways: Vodka, Wodka, Vodca,… What is out of any discussion is that it is one of the most universal alcohol types.

The origin of the vodka could also be a reason for discussions. It’s not well known if it has polish or russian origins but the original word meant “water of life”. From there the diminutive “vodca” which literally means “water”. After that they added a “k”, maybe for underlining its russian origin.

Vodka is an alcoholic beverage mixed with water. It was not produced through distillation but through fermentation of different products  as potatoes, rye, wheat and beet with water. After fermentation it was filtered in charcoal to separate the main water quantity and augment the alcohol content.

Every kind of grain distillate was called vodca, as a comparison to the whisky. When the vodka started to become famous in Europe and the USA it was produced through distillation as a form of making the process easier and augmenting the production.

Which one is the best vodka?

Usually a defect in other drinks, the lack of aromas in the vodka is its biggest virtue. While producing vodka what you want to achieve is a distillate with a high alcohol content coming from vegetable products that don’t add any flavour to the product. That’s the reason why we don’t find aged or aromatised vodkas on the market nor vodkas with herbs or artificial aromas. An exception is the polish Zubrowka that is mixed with fermentation paste to obtain a light yellow vodka with a certain flavour.

The biggest advantage of vodka is that because of its lack of aromas and flavours it gives strength to the vodka but it doesn’t make tired as it happens with brandies. That’s the reason why it is the perfect drink to use in cocktails with any type of juice as it doesn’t interfere on the aroma of the mixture and still has an alcohol content. It is one of the best distillates to combine with juices and with different vegetables as in the Bloody Mary.

Nowadays the vodka is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. Although in Baltic countries and in Russia it is still taken pure and cold to reduce the alcoholic sensation, in the rest of the world it has become a universal drink. There are many different producers and they changed and improved their elaboration techniques in the years. The vodkas you can find on the market now don’t have anything to do with the ones you could buy 10 years ago.

Do you want us to recommend you some vodkas? These are the most modern ones:

  • Vodka Grey Goose: One of the most trendy vodkas nowadays. It is produced by a french expert in cognacs through a new distillation process in 5 steps that make this vodka one of the purest.
  • Purity Vodka: Produced by Thomas Kuuttanen, one of the best and most prestigious mixers in the world. Just his name linked to this vodka is a guarantee of its quality and prestige.
  • Vodka Ketel One: The most revolutionary vodka on the market. First because of its homecountry Holland and second because it has a very light flavour which is a bit spicy at the same time. White magic.

And which one is your favourite vodka?