No celebrations are ever complete without a drink, but that is just us adults speaking. We all remember drinking for the first time when we were actually legally allowed to. In India, the legal drinking age varies in different states. In Goa, one can get drunk even if they are 18, whereas, in Punjab and Haryana, one needs to be at least 25 years old. Here is the legal drinking age in different countries in the world.

1. Belgium- 16

A 16-year-old is allowed to have beer and wine. What else do people want in Belgium?

Legal Drinking Age in Belgium

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2. South Africa- 18

They are considered to be one of the heaviest drinkers, which is why they also thought of changing their legal drinking age to 21.

Legal Drinking Age in South Africa

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3. Bhutan- 18

Even though the legal age is 18, people start much early than mentioned.

Legal Drinking Age in Bhutan

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4. China – 18

Beer (Pijiu) is very popular but drinking alcohol is still mainly a male custom in China.

Drinking age in China

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5. Hong Kong- 18

They are the new ones on the binge-drinking list.

Legal Drinking Age in Hong Kong

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6. Japan- 20

Despite the law prohibiting underage drinking, around 50% of junior high school students in Japan reported some experience with alcohol.

Legal Drinking Age in Japan

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7. Indonesia- 21

Indonesia bans small retail chains from selling beer, wine or alcohol of any type.

Legal Drinking Age in Indonesia

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8. Canada* – 19

*except Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec.

44% of Canadians have 10 or more drinks every week.

Legal Drinking Age in Canada

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9. India- 18-25*

* Depending on different states

* Banned in Lakshwadeep, Manipur , Mizoram , Nagaland and Gujarat

You’d be surprised to know that according to Wikipedia , one needs to carry a liquor license obtained from Government Civil Hospital to drink in Maharashtra.

Legal Drinking Age in India

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10. Italy

Wine, Beer or any fermented drink – 16

Distilled alcohol – 18

Wine is an important part of Italy. It is considered to be nourishing and used to be a supplement to the diet of the lower classes that needed additional calories.

Legal Drinking Age in Italy

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11. UK- 18

On average, they drink 11.6 litres of pure alcohol a year, according to the “Global status report on alcohol and health 2014 .

Legal Drinking Age in UK

12. Switzerland

Wine, Beer or any fermented drink – 16

Distilled alcohol – 18

They were considered to be heavy drinkers in the 17th century, but the consumption has been decreasing.  In 2012, the average consumption was 8.4 litres per person.

Legal Drinking Age in Switzerland

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13. Sri Lanka- 21

As surprising as it may seem, women in Sri Lanka apparently don’t drink (alcohol, in case you were wondering).

Legal Drinking Age in Sri Lanka

14. Pakistan

Muslims- forbidden

Non-Muslims – 21

Alcoholism is increasing in Pakistan despite being banned for Muslims.

Legal Drinking Age in Pakistan

15. Bahamas- 18

Rum is their national alcoholic beverage. Enough said!

Legal Drinking Age in Bahamas

16. Spain-16

Alcohol is in their everyday culture. They produce and consume large amounts of wine.

Legal Drinking Age in Spain

17. Malaysia- 18

Malaysia has a diverse culture so you will find all kind of people here, from the heavy drinkers to the ones who don’t drink at all.

Legal Drinking Age in Malaysia

18. Nepal- 18

Don’t forget to try their favourites: Nepali Ice, Gorkha and Everest.

Legal Drinking Age in Nepal

19. Australia- 18

Heavy drinking is a social norm in Australia, but the consumption is still less than most European countries.

Legal Drinking Age in Australia

20. Thailand- 20

The favourites include Chang Beer, Thai rum and whiskey. Sang Som rum is also very famous for being extremely strong.

Legal Drinking Age in Thailand

These are the legal drinking age in different countries. So, do you still want to be young again?

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