World Drinking Ages

Submitted by: buddy 11 years ago in
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Female 1,382
How stupid is it, that you can`t go and order a bottle of water from a bar, ONLY IF YOU ARE 21. YOU CANT EVEN STAND BY THE BAR.

XDDDDD Really? My Dad brought me to the bar when my mum was away when I was like 5 or 6! I used to play outside or he would give me 50c to use on the lil sratch card thingy!

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Female 1,382
why is Australia just slotted in down the bottom.. typical americans

Your`s is nearer-ish to the top!
At least you arnt way down the bottom with a false * (with eceptions) on it! GRRRR

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Male 376
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 required all states to raise their minimum purchase and public possession of alcohol age to 21. States that did not comply faced a reduction in highway funds under the Federal Highway Aid Act.... It does not prohibit persons under 21 (also called youth or minors) from drinking. The term "public possession" is strictly defined and does not apply to possession for the following:

An established religious purpose, when accompanied by a parent, spouse or legal guardian age 21 or older
Medical purposes when prescribed or administered by a licensed physician, pharmacist, dentist, nurse, hospital or medical institution
In private clubs or establishments
In the course of lawful employment by a duly licensed manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer.

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Male 6
just want to add one thing: in holland its legal to buy and smoke weed. still they have fewer tennagers smokin weed on a regular basis than other countries. i guess it`s the same thing with alcohol and most other drugs.
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Male 213
b3nzyme
i just have nothing to say...
except this
WERE THE F*CK IS YOUR MIND?
your not an alcoholic if you drink a couple of beers... I know that i spend too much money on alcohol, but i`m certainly NOT an alcohol addict. Are you being told that is you get a drip of alcohol in your blood, your addicted straight away, f*ck up your whole life and burn in hell for eternity after you quit living your horrible alcohol addicted life?
just pathetic
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Female 182
18 in Mexico? Hah! Who are they trying to fool?
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Male 1,407
b3nzyme you have some serious issues. You clearly have no idea why most people drink alcohol.
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Female 882
i know its a bit late, but to whoever asked- i`m not sure what the drinking age is in cuba, but i`m 16, and i went there last year and they sold me cuba libres no questions asked

however i`m going to iceland this year- very much doubt i will pass for a 20 year old.

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Male 97
time to move to china
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Female 648
I wouldn`t know. I haven`t drank, and will NEVER drink PERIOD, and that`s a choice that I made (And a dedication to God) However, I think that America`s drinking age IS a little bit preposterous. However, we also seem to have the most drunk driving, and I duno... I wonder why isn`t so high here.
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Female 190
That was interesting to see. As if the US actually follows that law. I remember people back in high school going on and on about the parties they went to and how "messed up" they were. I wonder when they`ll actually change that age limit over here.
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Female 395
Also, the whole idea with you guys not wanting 18 year olds to be drunk ass holes? HA. Its just like in my government class in my freshmen year...(junior now)We were debating on Gay Marrige and some guy said I don`t want gays and lesbians walkin around. Well guess what people? They`re gonna walk around anyway! Minors are going to drink anyway!

The diffence between the Gay marrige thing in drinking is, Gay marrige being legal will not lower the amount of them getting married. If the government lowered the drinking age, us teenagers wouldn`t be able to rebel as much, we`d find some thing else. I personally think (as in MY opinion) that if the drinking age were lowered to 18 there would be less DUI`s than there is now.

Thats just my two cents (Two post)

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Female 395
If in America, we can vote, and go to war and risk our lives for our country at age 18 we should be allowed to drink.
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Male 577
Makes me wonder if I would be such a drunk if it had been legal for me to drink when i was younger. I would just drink really fast straight from the bottle and then be on my way. It gets you drunk quick and you don`t see it coming, because you drank it too fast for it to effect you before you stopped drinking.

Damn, it`s the American government`s fault that I drink excessively and then wander around making a fool of myself!

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Female 124
haha whoot whoot 18 here...
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Female 216
Our drinking age is arbitrary, by the way. It`s based off of the age at which a squire would generally be knighted, 21. That`s it. Great logic, right? There`s nothing scientific about the magical ages of 18 and 21.
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Male 1,225
wow... I`ve never seen someone as passionate about this topic as b3nzyme... I don`t drink because I choose not to. I don`t tell other people what to do because IT`S NONE OF MY DAMN BUSINESS.

BTW, I have a co-worker on a work study program from Ireland who is underage here. Apparently, there is some law that allows you to use your passport in the U.S. that allows you to purchase alchohol if you`re of age where you come from. I don`t know if it`s entirely true, but he had some wild parties.

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Male 601
wow when I move to UK it will be 2 years before i can drink (i can drink in resteraunts there now)
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Male 279
anyone who chooses to drink alcohol should be rid of all their rights and thrown in a camp where they are beaten daily and told to labor for little of nothing because they made the choice to throw their lives away. either that or make a choice to join the military where they will be forced to fight. (killed if they refuse). people who choose to drink alcohol are so dam stupid they are not worth being shat on. all they are doing it for is for attention, and satisfaction (because they have none in life if they choose to do so). because of that negative outlook they are useless and will one day be 25 with that alcoholic look on their face that makes them look like 52 and their skin hangs to the ground and they are so dam sorry they live off the real people`s tax dollars. it should be the worst outlawed thing and one should be shot on the spot even if they are SUSPECTED for alcohol. ... This is why im not your president..
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Female 727
oh geez alcohol destroys your brain cells in small amounts or large amounts....they change the rules all the time...like when they said eating an all atkins diet was good for you until people started having heart problems...people can get alcohol anywhere it`s not that hard...though I respect the drinking age...so people don`t start screwing up their lives before they need to. anywho not everyone in the us drinks for the purpose to be drunk...but even the smallest amount can make someone tipsy because it slows down coordination
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Male 730
^true. by the way, im a kid to, i just accidentally put that i was between 18 and 29. yeah. i hate my generation.
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Male 213
p.s.
it`s not legal to drink at the age of 14 in holland, i say it`s possible to get it when i was 14 :)
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Male 213
the think is, if you are 14 in holland (where i live), it`s possible to get drunk, BUT because your 14/15, you don`t have much money to spend, so you can`t drink a lot. if you`re 21 and can start the drinking, you`ll waste a lot of money, because you`ll have more money, resulting in alcohol intoxication and stuff like that.
also, if i read something about alcohol in the USA, it`s always
1: you don`t drink
2: you drink, and people think your an alcoholic.
i`m not trying to promote alcohol use, but i am trying to let you realize that 21 is way too old, and causes other problems.
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Male 730
actually, alchohol is good for you in small amounts. like, a glass of wine. thats the problem in america. *stupid* kids count the frig`n seconds until they can drink and then get plastered out of their mind when they hit 21. its absolutly pathetic. whereas in most of europe alchohol isnt a humoungous taboo and people have wine with dinner and things like that fairly often. notice i said MOST of europe. but we can`t change the law here in the states because than everyone in the country would get drunk simultaniously (impossible word to spell), which would be bad. then again, people would die }-)
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Female 139
oh god...

who cares that america`s drinking age is so high, it`s not like we don`t have enough teenage drunks in rehab already!

seriously its not that hard to find beer or liquor if u`re desperate

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Female 5
Bad research...It says Norway 16 with exceptions, that is not true. It`s 18, no exceptions.
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Male 108
You can drink when you`re 14 in England, so long as you`re eating at the same time.
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Male 1,407
Montreal`s only a couple of hours from college. We go there every now and then to get around this technical "21 years old" business when we feel like going to a bar. No that there really are any bars in Hanover anyway.
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Male 102
hey I`m going to school in china next year, party! well kinda, I don`t drink but I sure love screwing with drunk people.
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Female 328
*badguy458, maybe ppl wouldn`t do so if they were allowed to drink and therefore it wasn`t such a big deal!

And dang, switserland`s is low...I`d be able to drink if I ever went there. Swayt

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Male 214
ha, no minimum
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Female 321
*china , I cannot spell :P
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Female 321
Lets go 2 chinda n get Pis*sd
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Male 6
The age for Norway is wrong. The age limit is 18 for drinks under 22% alcohol and 20 for those drinks over 22%.
The funny thing is that for vodka and other spirits over 22% theres a rule that you can not be served more than 4cl per drink. You can not buy a double. But if you buy a 21,9% vodka you can buy a mug of it!
btw... a 0,4l of beer in Norway costs US$8 at bars, and up to US$11 in nightclubs and bars with outside catering in the summer.

In the stores a
0,33l beer will cost you US$1,60
1,00l Absolut Vodka will cost you US$ 59,30


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Male 78
p.s. where i come from we just steal from our parents liquor cabinets, its cheaper, it tastes better than most drinks i would be able to afford and adds a thrill to the experience
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Male 78
W-T-F WHERE IS ZIMBABUAY JERKS U GUYS SUCK.
lol
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Male 1,586
Face it - 18 year old Americans are a-holes. Do we really want them to be DRUNK a-holes??
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Female 335
It`s true that people in other countries drink more responsibly. For instance, My german friend. She says there is no drinking age limit in Germany. She also doesn`t look to drinking like it`s some sort of taboo.

Lowering the age and teaching people to drink responsibly like in other cultures might lower the amount of under 21 DUI`s too...kids won`t drink excessively like they do now.

Lol I sound old, I`m only 21. I see no big deal in drinking. Never have. Drink for the drink. Not the drunkness I say. Drink it slow and savor it. Then it becomes difficult to get drunk.

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Male 2
It`s false about Poland - you cannot buy and drink any alcohol unless you`re 18. There is also a religious engagement which doesn`t allow you drink alcohol at least until you`re 18.
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Female 139
china, here i come! lmao
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Male 47
I think that the US is really screwed up with the drinking age thing.

How stupid is it, that you can`t go and order a bottle of water from a bar, ONLY IF YOU ARE 21. YOU CANT EVEN STAND BY THE BAR.

what i can see ALCOHOLIC drinks. OH MY GOD!!! so what?!

HOW STUPID IS THAT.

fun story, i was in las vegas with my parents. and we took one of those helicopter sight seing tours. The tour inclusing a little picnic by the grand canyon. anyway the pilot was serving th drinks and stuff. and as a joke asked me if i want some Champagne, after asking all the adult members. And i was like OK, and he just smiled back. So i got my parents to ask him for some. The expression on his face was pricless.

anyways where i come from legal age is 18. Im 15 and it`s totally acceptable to drink.

They serve you everywhere.

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Male 26
Pretty useless for me considering I`m over 21.

And the drinking age does need to be lowered to 18 in the US. There`s no reason for it. You can join the military and fight for your country at 18 but you can`t buy a beer until you`re 21?! Makes no sense.

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Female 6
woo, 18 for england, only a few more months to go....come on! o well, i think i`ll just go have a drink to make the time go quicker.
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Male 62
HA im from Mexico but even thogh the legal age is 18 bars can let you drink even if youre 15 or look older.
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Male 361
I feel bad for all the Americans who can`t destroy their brain cells and become unhealthy until they`re 21.
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Male 48
"Canada is only 18 in one province, Quebec, everywhere else is 19."

Wrong! 18 here in manitoba too.

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Female 64
hahahaha!unlucky for america!

"how come australia was just kind of bunged on? is it because you forgot we weren`t the same thing as austria?"

erm...who are you talking to exaclty?
we didnt make it did we?

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Male 135
wow, and I thoght that drunken baby on the simpsons was just a joke.....
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Male 210
I imagine a lot of the conditions in Europe are in relation to the fact that in many European countries you may drink wine and beer at 16 but not spirits until ur 18.

There are lots of loop-holes, in the UK you can have booze if your parents let you and in a restaurant with a meal when your over 16. It`s just another example of when people consider you responsible enough as more of an adult or more of a child?

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Male 139
YAY I can now drink legally anywhere in the world!
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Female 215
Canada is only 18 in one province, Quebec, everywhere else is 19.
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Male 233
anyone know what it is in Cuba ? im going on holiday there in July :)
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Female 588
also, the "with exceptions" thing is dumb. for example, in australia, there is no age limit, if you`re dining in a licensed establishment with your parents.... is that an exception?
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Female 588
*moves to nigeria*

how come australia was just kind of bunged on? is it because you forgot we weren`t the same thing as austria?

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Male 3,060
drinking age in the US is 21....unless you`re a college student, ;-).
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Female 335
why is Australia just slotted in down the bottom.. typical americans
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Female 2
oh and it`s also 21 in Saudi Arabia and some other places they forgot..
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Female 2
well apparently the United Arab Emirates doesn`t exist.. which is actually the country with the highest drinking age as it`s 21 everywhere, not only in some provinces
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Female 54
UK 18, not that it stops anyone younger than that drinking, which im sure is the case in most countries
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Male 419
As much as I`m against drinking, I admit that the United State`s drinking age is ridiculous.
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Male 2,567
ARGH
they left out singapore
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Female 982
21 is way to high. Think about it, you could be married with kids before that age.
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Female 132
It said Australia if you scroll further downward, they`re not in alphabetical order.
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Male 2,519
Australia`s 18.
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Female 17
OH! SO AUSTRALIAS NOT A COUNTRY THEN, EH?
Or maybe I`m to blind to see it on the thingy. I don`t think I am. And I had my hopes up, I`m not sure when your legally allowed to drink here...though it doesn`t seem to stop anyone here anyway.
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Female 2,244
The States should change it to 18.

And most provinces in Canada it`s 19.

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Female 1,972
Ahhh Thailand drunken 5 yr olds and 7 year old prostitutes
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Female 1,211
he he USA has to be 21 :-P
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Male 10,115
Link: World Drinking Ages [Rate Link] - Scroll down for chart.
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