Legal Drinking Age

The legal drinking age varies significantly across continents, including in countries within America, Europe, and Asia. Here's a general overview

The legal drinking age varies significantly. In the USA, the legal drinking age is 21 years old. In Europe, it varies by country, but generally ranges from 16 to 18 years old. In Asia, the legal drinking age also varies by country, with some countries setting it at 18, while others have no specific legal drinking age or enforce it less strictly. Here's a general overview:


  • United States: The legal drinking age is 21.
  • Canada: Varies by province and territory, generally 18 or 19.
  • Mexico: The legal drinking age is 18.


European countries have varying legal drinking ages, generally between 16 and 18:

  • Germany: 16 for beer and wine, and 18 for spirits.
  • United Kingdom: 18 to purchase alcohol, but those aged 16 or 17 can consume beer, wine, or cider with a meal if accompanied by an adult.
  • France: 18 for all types of alcohol.
  • Italy: 18 for all types of alcohol.


The legal drinking age in Asian countries also varies widely:

  • China: 18.
  • Japan: 20.
  • India: Ranges from 18 to 25, depending on the state.
  • South Korea: 19.

These ages reflect legal restrictions on the purchase and consumption of alcohol and can be subject to change. Always verify the current legal drinking age in specific countries or regions, as local laws may differ or be amended.

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