An Informative Chart: Legal Drinking Ages Around the World

Legal Drinking Ages around the World
What is that you look forward to more - your graduation day, or the day you are legally allowed to drink? If you've chosen the second option, then you are with the majority. With intoxication being the key issue, concerned authorities of nations across the world have issued a legal age for drinking.
WHO says...
320,000 young people between the age of 15 and 29 die from alcohol-related causes per year, resulting in 9% of all deaths in that age group.
What is the one thing most of us turn to in order to cope with increasing stress levels and mental tiredness? Fill my glass, will you please? Blame it on the declining alcohol rates or the easy availability, it isn't surprising to read about underage drinking problems these days. Depending on where you are, the legal drinking age varies from 16 to 25. By legal drinking age we mean the minimum age when an individual can either purchase or consume alcoholic beverages.

While most countries have a legal age for both purchasing and drinking alcohol, there are some others which impose a strict ban. Countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, and Togo do not have a legal age for either. These laws are applicable to drinking in public places, and have their own applicable terms and conditions. Like, in Burundi, though the official drinking age is set at 16, a minor can consume alcohol if accompanied by his/her parents. Then the minimum age for consuming wine or beer differs from the age of consuming spirits - like in Belgium, Germany, and Portugal. Egypt makes an exception in this case, where you have to be 18 to consume beer and 21 to have wine and spirits.

In countries like Gambia, and Pakistan, consuming any kind of spirit is not permitted, and hence is deemed illegal. The only exception to this rule is for the non-Muslim population, that can consume alcohol at the age of 18 and 21 respectively. In Brunei too, drinking is illegal, however non-Muslims who have completed 17 years of age are permitted to import 2 bottles of liquor once in 48 hours, to be consumed strictly at their residence. Libya is the only country where consuming alcohol is illegal even if you are a non-Muslim resident.
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Legal Drinking Age
Albania
Drinking Age: 18
Algeria
Drinking Age: 18
Argentina
Drinking Age: 18
Armenia
Drinking Age: 18
Australia
Drinking Age: 18
Austria
Drinking Age: 16/18*
Azerbaijan
Drinking Age: 18
Bahamas
Drinking Age: 18
Bangladesh
Drinking Age: None
Belarus
Drinking Age: 18
Belgium
Drinking Age: 16/18*
Belize
Drinking Age: 18
Bolivia
Drinking Age: 18
Botswana
Drinking Age: 18
Brazil
Drinking Age: 18
Brunei
Drinking Age: Illegal1
Bulgaria
Drinking Age: 18
Burundi
Drinking Age: 16
Cambodia
Drinking Age: None
Cameroon
Drinking Age: 18
Canada
Drinking Age: 18/19*
Cape Verde
Drinking Age: 18
CAR
Drinking Age: 18
Chile
Drinking Age: 18
China
Drinking Age: 18
Colombia
Drinking Age: 18
Comoros
Drinking Age: None
Costa Rica
Drinking Age: 18
Croatia
Drinking Age: 18
Cyprus
Drinking Age: 17
Czech Republic
Drinking Age: 18
Denmark
Drinking Age: 18
Dominican Republic
Drinking Age: 18
Ecuador
Drinking Age: 18
Egypt
Drinking Age: 18 /21*
El Salvador
Drinking Age: 18
Equatorial Guinea
Drinking Age: None
Eritrea
Drinking Age: 18
Estonia
Drinking Age: 18
Ethiopia
Drinking Age: 18
Fiji
Drinking Age: 21
Finland
Drinking Age: 18
France
Drinking Age: 18
Gabon
Drinking Age: None
Gambia
Drinking Age: Illegal2
Georgia
Drinking Age: 16
Germany
Drinking Age: 16/18*
Ghana
Drinking Age: None
Greece
Drinking Age: 18
Guam
Drinking Age: 21
Guatemala
Drinking Age: 18
Guinea-Bissau
Drinking Age: None
Guyana
Drinking Age: 18
Hungary
Drinking Age: 18
Iceland
Drinking Age: 20
India
Drinking Age: 18-25
Indonesia
Drinking Age: 21
Ireland
Drinking Age: 18
Israel
Drinking Age: 18
Italy
Drinking Age: 16
Jamaica
Drinking Age: None
Japan
Drinking Age: 20
Kazakhstan
Drinking Age: 18
Kenya
Drinking Age: 18
Kyrgyzstan
Drinking Age: None
Lao PDR
Drinking Age: 18
Latvia
Drinking Age: 18
Lesotho
Drinking Age: 18
Libya
Drinking Age: Illegal
Lithuania
Drinking Age: 18
Luxembourg
Drinking Age: 17/18*
Malawi
Drinking Age: 18
Malta
Drinking Age: 17
Mauritius
Drinking Age: 18
Mexico
Drinking Age: 18
Micronesia
Drinking Age: 21
Moldova
Drinking Age: 18
Morocco
Drinking Age: None
Mozambique
Drinking Age: 18
Namibia
Drinking Age: 18
Netherlands
Drinking Age: 16/18*
New Zealand
Drinking Age: 18
Nicaragua
Drinking Age: 19
Niger
Drinking Age: 18
Nigeria
Drinking Age: 18
Norway
Drinking Age: 18/20*
Pakistan
Drinking Age: Illegal3
Palau
Drinking Age: 21
Panama
Drinking Age: 18
Papua New Guinea
Drinking Age: 18
Paraguay
Drinking Age: 20
Peru
Drinking Age: 18
Philippines
Drinking Age: 18
Portugal
Drinking Age: 16/18*
Republic of Congo
Drinking Age: 18
Russia
Drinking Age: 18
Samoa
Drinking Age: 18
Seychelles
Drinking Age: 18
Singapore
Drinking Age: 18
Slovenia
Drinking Age: 18
Solomon Islands
Drinking Age: 21
South Africa
Drinking Age: 18
South Korea
Drinking Age: 19
Spain
Drinking Age: 18
Sri Lanka
Drinking Age: 21
Swaziland
Drinking Age: 18
Sweden
Drinking Age: 18
Switzerland
Drinking Age: 16/18*
Thailand
Drinking Age: 20
Togo
Drinking Age: None
Tonga
Drinking Age: 18
Trinidad & Tobago
Drinking Age: 18
Turkey
Drinking Age: 18
Turkmenistan
Drinking Age: 18
Uganda
Drinking Age: 18
Ukraine
Drinking Age: 18
United Kingdom
Drinking Age: 18
United States
Drinking Age: 21
Uruguay
Drinking Age: 18
Uzbekistan
Drinking Age: None
Vanuatu
Drinking Age: 18
Venezuela
Drinking Age: 18
Vietnam
Drinking Age: None
Zambia
Drinking Age: 18
Zimbabwe
Drinking Age: 18
*Legal age for Hard Liquor | 1Legal for Non-Muslims above 17 years. | 2Legal for Non-Muslims above 18 years. | 3Legal for Non-Muslims above 21 years. | Central African Republic
United Kingdom is the only country that has a legal drinking age to be followed when drinking at home. The age for the same is set at 6. Always remember the fact that alcohol goes directly to the bloodstream, which is why we experience a noticeable change. Last but not the least, be responsible about drinking.