We probably don’t have to tell you that different countries have vastly different approaches to alcohol. Different tastes, different styles and, perhaps most immediately obvious, different laws. Depending where you go in the world, the drinking age could be 15, 18, 20 or 21. In some countries, a legal drinking age could be nonexistent.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 65 percent of countries allow people 18 years or older to consume alcohol at a bar or restaurant. More than 55 percent of countries allow 18 year olds to buy alcohol at stores to consume off-premise. In the U.S., the drinking age is 21, a law the country shares with only five other countries (although some states like Illinois, Wisconsin and New Hampshire are trying to change that).
To find out how old you have to be to drink everywhere in the world, we looked at the drinking age in every country covered by the WHO’s 2014 global alcohol report. When the WHO didn’t have data, ages reported by the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking were used. When we came across countries that differentiated between drinking on-premise and drinking off-premise, we opted for the lower number and added a note about the age difference.
Note: Some countries have multiple differing accounts on what the legal drinking age is. In those cases, the age listed by WHO is used.
No National Age Restrictions
Canada: Varies by province and territory from 18 to 19.
Gabon: On-premise sales are restricted to people 18 and over.
India: Varies by state from no legal sales to 25 and over.
Indonesia: Off-premise sales are restricted to people 21 and over.
Lao People’s Democratic Republic: On-premise beer sales are restricted to people 18 and over.
Niue: On-premise sales are restricted to people 18 and over.
Rwanda: On-premise sales are restricted to people 18 and over.
Sao Tome and Principe
Antigua and Barbuda
Central African Republic: On-premise sales are restricted to people 21 and over.
Belgium: On- and off-premise sales of spirits are restricted to people 18 and over.
Denmark: On-premise sales are restricted to people 18 and over, as are off-premise sales of spirits.
Germany: On- and off-premise sales of spirits are restricted to people 18 and over.
Guyana: On-premise sales are restricted to people 18 and over.
Liechtenstein: On- and off-premise sales of spirits are restricted to people 18 and over.
Netherlands: On- and off-premise sales of spirits are restricted to people 18 and over.
Saint Lucia: Off-premise sales are restricted to people 18 and over.
Switzerland: On- and off-premise sales of spirits are restricted to people 18 and over.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Finland: On-premise spirits sales are restricted to people 20 and over.
Republic of Moldova
Norway: On- and off-premise sales of spirits are restricted to people 20 and over.
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Sweden: Off-premise wine and spirits sales are restricted to people 20 and over.
Trinidad and Tobago
United Republic of Tanzania
Republic of Korea
United Arab Emirates
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