Legal Drinking Age in Different Countries

Legal drinking age is defined as the limit placed on a youth’s ability to consume alcoholic beverages, both in private and public places. It concerns not only the consumption but also the sale of these drinks to minors and young adults, on-site and off-site. The set age is different per country, along with the degree to which the punishment to disobeying the law is implemented. It also reflects the culture, traditions, and even the beliefs of the people living in that country.

Countries have an age limit that varies from ages 16 and above, each country’s system is different from another, discounted from this is the group of countries that have no such laws to bar them from underage drinking. A common similarity for these countries though is that teens can be allowed to imbibe liquor with parental or adult (legal guardian) supervision or if it is for religious purposes.

Of all the different countries, the one that has the highest legal drinking age is the United States. They have the age of twenty-one as their allowable age, which troubles most teens as they are allowed to vote, marry, and even go to war but are not allowed to drink alcohol. Following this trend, we have Japan and Iceland with 20 as their legal age of alcohol consumption, and South Korea with 19 years old. Examples of countries or regions that have no age limit or legal drinking age are: Cambodia, Cuba (although they have a set age for purchasing drinks – 16 years old), Ghana, Georgia (with same restriction as Cuba), Indonesia (same as Cuba), Israel (almost the same except that it’s 18 years old), Macau, Tunisia, and Vietnam.