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A list of countries by legal drinking age.

The Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) is the minimum age at which a person is legally allowed to handle or consume alcoholic drinks. The laws on MLDA cover a wide range of issues including when and where alcohol can be consumed and vary from country to country. The majority of the countries have set MLDA at 18 or 19 years. The United States (except Puerto Rico and Virginia’s Island) and 19 other countries, especially Asian countries, have the highest set MLDA. However, some areas in India have drinking ages as high as 25-30 years. In some countries, especially Muslim countries, alcohol is completely banned, with an exception sometimes made for non-Muslims.

Overview of Minimum Drinking Age Around the World

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True About 22 Fake Ids Although the majority of the countries around the world have set the MLDA at 18 years, 16 years is considered the youngest drinking age. At least eight countries and regions have set their MLDA at 16 years. These countries include Barbados, the British Virginia Islands, Cuba, Luxembourg, Panama, Serbia, Serbia, and Zimbabwe. In these countries, it is an offense for anyone to sell, give, or offer alcoholic drinks to people under the age of 16 years. However, in Zimbabwe, a person is allowed to sell or supply alcoholic drinks to children under 16 years upon the proof of a written document signed by parents or guardians of the minor known to the person selling the alcohol.

Drinking Age in Italy

Italy has set a minimum legal drinking age at 16 years, one of the lowest MLDA in the world. In 2002, Renato Balduzzi, the then Health Minister proposed to raise the minimum drinking age to 18 years. However, selling alcoholic drinks to children under the age of 18 years in premises is considered illegal and attracts a fine of €250 to €1000. Giving alcohol to those under 16 years is considered a crime and is punishable by up to one-year imprisonment. Despite the regulations, many minors enjoy alcoholic drinks, especially in the company of their parents and during social events.

Drinking Age in Russia

Most Russians are of the opinion that the minimum drinking age in the country is 18 years. However, there are no laws or regulations prohibiting minors from taking alcoholic drinks. On the contrary, selling alcohol to persons under the age of 18 years is prohibited by federal and regional laws and may attract fines and even jail terms.

Why Minimum Legal Drinking Age?

Several reasons have been given for the laws and regulations behind the minimum legal drinking age. For some people, introducing minors to alcohol interferes with their normal expected activities such as studies. Alcohol may also influence their behaviors. However, the commonly known reason for banning minors from taking alcohol until they attain a certain age is the effect of alcohol as on the brain in adolescents. Since their brains are still maturing, alcohol may have a negative effect on their memories and long-term thinking. Alcohol may also cause complications such as liver failure and hormonal imbalance in minors due to the constant changes in their bodies as they mature, especially during puberty.

Drinking Ages Around the World

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Country Drinking Age
Afghanistan Alcohol Prohibited
True About 22 Fake Ids Albania 18
Algeria Alcohol Prohibited
American Samoa 21
True About 22 Fake Ids Andorra 18
Angola No Drinking Age
Anguilla No Drinking Age
Antigua and Barbuda No Drinking Age
Argentina 18
Armenia 18
Australia 18
Austria 18*
Azerbaijan 18
Bahamas 18
Bahrain No Drinking Age
Bangladesh Alcohol Prohibited*
Barbados 16
Belarus 18
Belgium 18*
Belize 18
Bermuda 18
Bhutan 18
Bolivia 18
Bosnia and Herzevogina 18
Botswana 18*
Brazil 18
British Virgin Islands 16
Brunei 17*
True About 22 Fake Ids Bulgaria 18
Burundi 18*
Cambodia No Drinking Age
Cameroon 21*
Canada 19*
Cape Verde 18
Cayman Islands 18
Central African Republic 15*
Chile 18
China True About 22 Fake Ids 18
Colombia 18
Comoros 1
Costa Rica 18
Croatia 18
Cuba 16
Cyprus 17
Czech Republic 18
True About 22 Fake Ids Denmark 18*
Dominican Republic 18
Ecuador 18
Egypt 21
El Salvador 18
Equatorial Guinea 21
Eritrea 18
Estonia 18
Ethiopia 15
Falkland Islands 18
Fiji 18
Finlan 18*
France 18
Gabon 18
Gambia 17
Georgia 18
Germany 18*
Ghana 18
Gibraltar 18
Grenada 18
Guam 21
Guatemala 18
Guinea-Bissau No Drinking Age
Guyana 18*
Haiti 18
Honduras 18
Hong Kong 18
Hungary 18
Iceland 20
True About 22 Fake Ids India 18*
Indonesia 21
Iran Alcohol Prohibited
Iraq Alcohol Prohibited
Ireland 18
Israel 18
Italy 16
Japan 20
Jordan 18
Kazakhstan 21
Kenya True About 22 Fake Ids 18*
Kosovo No Drinking Age
Kuwait Alcohol Prohibited
Kyrgyzstan 18
Latvia 18
Lebanon 18
Lesotho 18
Liberia 18
Libya Alochol Prohibited
Liechtenstein 18*
Lithuania 20
Luxembourg True About 22 Fake Ids 16
Macau No Drinking Age
Macedonia 18
Malawi 18
Malaysia 21
Maldives Alcohol Prohibited*
Malta 17
Mexico 18
Micronesia 18
Moldova 18
Mongolia 18
Montenegro 18
Mozambique 18
Myanmar 18
Nepal 18
Netherlands 18
New Zealand 18
Nicaragua 18*
Niger 18
Nigeria 18
North Korea 18
Northern Mariana Islands 21
Norway 18*
Oman 21
Pakistan Alcohol Prohibited*
Palau 21
Palestine 16
Panama 18
Papua New Guinea True About 22 Fake Ids 18
Paraguay 20
Peru 18
Philippines 18
Poland 18
Puerto Rico 18
Qatar Alcohol Prohibited
Republic of the Congo 18
Rwanda 18
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 16
Samoa 21
San Marino True About 22 Fake Ids 18
Saudi Arabia Alcohol Prohibited
Senegal 18
Serbia 16
True About 22 Fake Ids Seychelles 18
Singapore 18
Slovakia 18
Slovenia 18
Solomon Islands 21
Somalia Alcohol Prohibited
South Africa 18
South Korea 19
South Sudan 18
Spain 18
Sri Lanka 21
Sudan Alcohol Prohibited
Swaziland 18
Sweden 18*
Switzerland 18*
Syria 18
Taiwan 18
Tajikistan 18
Tanzania 18
Thailand 20
Togo No Drinking Age
Tokelau 18
Tonga 18
Trindad and Tobago 18
Tunisia No Drinking Age
Turk and Caicos Islands 18
Turkey 18
Turkmenistan 18
Uganda 18*
Ukraine 18
United Arab Emirates 18*
United Kingdom 18*
United States 21
Uruguay 18
Uzbekistan 20
Vanuatu 18
Venezuela 18
Vietnam 18
Western Sahara No Drinking Age
Yemen Alcohol Prohibited
Zambia 18
Zimbabwe 16

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