Many wonder about the legal drinking age for purchasing alcohol and consuming alcohol in different countries. This article will sort out your concerns about age limits for alcohol in different countries.
18 years is the most common age at which it will be permitted to purchase alcohol worldwide.
In Africa, all countries have set 18 as the age for all alcoholic beverages regardless of strength, besides Egypt that uses 21 years for the purchase of wine and spirits.
Burundi has an admittedly eighteen-year limit, but it does not apply if the parents consented. The small country of Comoros completely lacks age control.
In Europe, there is a greater range of ages, but the most common ages for purchasing are 16 or 18 years.
Albania is the only country that has no age limit, and Moldova, Cyprus, and Malta are the only ones to have 17 years as the age limit.
Some countries differentiate between the legal age for drinking and of legal age to purchase alcohol. In these countries, parents can invite his 16-year-old child to alcohol, but the child may not purchase its own until the age of 18. In Sweden, it’s legal to drink at 18 years, but 20 years is the limit to buy alcohol in stores.
The countries in Europe that apply an age limit of 16 years (usually for drinks up to a certain volume) are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Switzerland.
Portugal, Gibraltar, Greece, and Luxembourg have no restrictions and thus is free for all 16-year-olds to buy all the drinks.
In America, the rules are more simple. All countries except the United States and Haiti applies the 18 years for the purchase of alcohol. In the US, age is generally 21 years and in Haiti from 16 years. Canada is an exception, where the age is 19 years in the various states in combination with different local rules.
Remember that even if you as a minor may buy alcohol abroad, you need to be 20 years of age to bring it into Sweden.