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A glance at legal drinking ages around Europe

A glance at legal drinking ages around Europe

A glance at the minimum legal drinking age in various countries around Europe:
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Germany: 16 years for beer, wine, hard liquor.
Italy: 16 years although the limit is rarely enforced.
Portugal: 16 years for all types of alcohol, though some want to raise it to 18 because of growing problem of teen over-consumption.
Austria: 16 years for beer and wine, 18 years in most provinces for hard liquor.
Netherlands: 16 years for all types of alcohol, a recently introduced minimum due to concern over youth drinking.
Spain: 18 years for all kinds of alcohol.
Britain: 18 years, but according to Licensing Act 2003, 16- to 17-year-olds can drink beer, wine or cider when having a meal and accompanied by an adult aged 18 or over.
Hungary: 18 years for all alcoholic beverages. Health authorities have advocated raising minimum legal age to 20 or 21, without success.
Poland: 18 years but rarely enforced.


Updated : 2021-01-19 03:15 GMT+08:00