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1. Posted by jacktriper (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

In Europe, if you are 20 are there any countries he can't drink alcohol in? Do US still have to be 21? And how is drinking age monitored?

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y

Drinking age in the UK is 18, in Germany 16 for beer and wine, 18 for the "hard" stuff. (Don't know about any other countries, but you should be fine if you are over 18.)

Age is monitored by flashing your ID-Card or your passport, if somebody thinks you are too young. If it turns out you are, they'll send you away ("Sorry kid, not here.") No police arrests in Germany, but Brit cops can make trouble if you are under 18 and go to sit(! - yeah just sit, no drinking) in a pub.

3. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

The age limit is generally 18, you'll be fine if you're 20 and have an ID of some sort to back it up. ;)

4. Posted by Argente (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Yes unfortunatly for those of us in the States the drinking age is 21... why im not so sure since everywhere else it seems to be lower....

5. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 10y

i feel like a rebel, but when i was 15 i went to europe and was able to get in bars.... (shhhh!!), but im tall for my age, and i was with my mother, so of course i didn't drink anything, but i could've easily ordered anything if i wanted to!!
european bars and clubs are a lot more lenient about drinking than north america... everything is so care free, and it's all about having a good time...
but yea, if you're 18 im sure you'll be fine to get in almost anywhere!!;)

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Quoting Argente

Yes unfortunatly for those of us in the States the drinking age is 21... why im not so sure since everywhere else it seems to be lower....

During the Viet Nam War era (late 60s - early 70s) quite a few of the US states lowered their voting and legal drinking ages to 18 or 19. Many of the changes came about because of the collective opinion, "If an 18 year old can be sent to war (and probably die), then the same person should have the right to vote and to drink legally". Many of the states agreed and revised their laws. Over the years, most states have reversed the drinking age law, returning it to 21. It was a move in response to the increased number of vehicle accidents and deaths. Insurance companies and the states, themselves, believe a 21 year old is more mature and more responsible about their alcohol consumption. It has (supposedly) also helped reduce the amount of alcohol consumed by high school students - many of them 18 prior to graduation.

7. Posted by angelbih (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

in balkan countries there is no drinking age limit....(: have fun

8. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

Like Lauren say it is all about having a good time. If you are a girl it is allways easier to get a drink. In the Netherlands the age for alcohol is 16 years but most clubs are having a age 18. Control through ID-card but most of the time it is about how you act and look. If you are very small and/or look very young but you are over 18 years it is recommended to bring your ID-card going out.

9. Posted by helsbells1 (Budding Member 70 posts) 10y

I started going out to bars and clubs when I was 15 as I looked old enough and was confident so no-one ever asked my age! I have a responsible job and I am not a tearaway! I feel the drinking age of 18 is just right as you have to take responsibility of your own actions at some point. I think the US should re-think the drinking age. If it causes more accidents on the road then surely it should be the road laws they should change. My friend moved to America a few years ago and was involved in a car accident last week, a drink driver pulled in front of her causing her to swerve and roll the car twice, luckily her and her unborn baby are both ok! The driver of the other car turned out to be drunk underage......he walked away with a caution!!!
If that was in England, they would have lost their licence and possibly faced a prison sentence! I am too scared to drink drive as I know that if I am caught, I will definately have my licence taken away!

10. Posted by Caesar (Full Member 74 posts) 10y

In Italy no controls or drinking age. Despite that we don't have episodes of early alcoholism, which means strict laws never help to solve the problems.