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1. Posted by chalkers (Full Member 51 posts) 12y

Hey All,

Just hoping that someone could tell me what the legal drinking age is in European countries. I know that it is 16 in Germany (i think) but not sure about anywhere else.

Cheers Chalkers

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 12y

Here in the Uk it's 18. Some places enforce it,some don't.

3. Posted by chalkers (Full Member 51 posts) 12y

Nice, i dont suppose u would happen to know anypubs in the UK that would be interested in hiring 2 Aussie lads later this year would you?? we will both be 18, almost 19, and both have experience.

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 12y

You should have no problems getting bar work in the uk. Should just be a matter of asking about once you get here. As there is such a large number who come here on working holidays maybe there are agencies (particularly in London) that might be able to sort you out. Why don't you start a thread. From reading this forum sounds like plenty on here have done what you're about to do.

5. Posted by Bluenose (Inactive 36 posts) 12y

Chalkers you should look in the UK version of TNT, the magazine for Aussies. They have a jobs section, I've just looked.

6. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y

I've known a few people who haven worked in pubs in the UK and some haven't stayed there long or had much experience-so you should find it real easy!

Particularly temp bar work!-which is obviously what you will be after.

7. Posted by flocke1986 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Just to put that right :): it is true that drinking in general is allowed at the age of 16 in Germany, but that's only for the beverages with relatively few alcohol (beer basically, "alcopops",...). All the rest is only allowed when you are 18. Good luck for your job search! :-)

8. Posted by eric_the_b (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

In the Netherlands the legal "drinking age" is, like Germany, 16 years for beer etc. and 18 years for stuff like whisky. So there should not be any problem. By the way, they normally never check your age here..


9. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

In the UK, it's 18 - but the law is so weak. It's not unusual to see 12 year olds drinking in parks and other public places on a regular basis.

10. Posted by eroltoksoy (Full Member 173 posts) 6y

all 18 in Turkey.

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