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How Easy To Buy Alcohol In Your Country?  
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4338 times:

How easy is it for you to buy alcohol for private or public consumption in your country?

Here are a few notes about the U.S., to the best of my knowledge:

1. In California, beer, wine, and hard liquor, intended for private, at-home consumption, are all freely available for purchase in virtually all supermarkets and at dedicated, privately held liquor stores. There are no government outlets for the public sale of alcoholic beverages, unlike the case in some jurisdictions around the world (with the possible exception of government-owned commissaries, etc., for government employees). By "freely available" I mean that such beverages are usually stocked on shelves in the same manner as other comestibles, such as soda and sausages, although usually in their own section. Alcoholic beverages can be sold between the hours of 6 a.m. and 2 a.m. the following day.

2. In California, beer and wine, intended for private, at-home consumption, are freely available at most convenience stores, subject to the same hours.

3. In California, no one may publicly consume any alcoholic beverage, or possess any open alcoholic beverage container, other than on the premises of a restaurant or other food and beverage-serving establishment possessing a valid license from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, or any public place between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. the same day.

4. In California, no one under the age of 21 years may purchase, sell, or publicly consume or possess, any alcoholic beverage anywhere whatsoever. (I believe it is also illegal to privately sell or provide alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21 years. It may or may not be illegal to serve certain alcoholic beverages to one's own children, under the age of 21, in one's own home, subject to other laws; I'm given to understand that certain vintners in this State do so with some regularity.)

5. In Nevada, subject to local ordinances, I believe, there are no hourly restrictions on the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages may be sold at any licensed supermarket, convenience store, or liquor store duly licensed to sell same, at any hour, subject to the age restriction noted in Paragraph 7, below. Subject to local ordinances, I believe, anyone of sufficient age to consume alcohol may publicly possess open containers of alcoholic beverages.

6. Convenience stores in Nevada usually carry only beer and wine.

7. In Nevada, as in California, and as in the other 48 States of the Union, no one under the age of 21 years may purchase, sell, or publicly consume or possess, any alcoholic beverage anywhere whatsoever.

[Edited 2006-02-11 08:45:13]

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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4313 times:

About as easy as it is to buy some water. Age restrictions are 16 for beer and wine, 18 for hard liquor.
Drinking in public, even being drunk, is tolerated as long as you don't molest other people.



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User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4305 times:

Drinking in public is prohibited in most public areas around the country.
You cannot purchase alcohol in supermarkets. Most alcohol is bought from specialised liquor stores, bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, or hotels.
The legal drinking age is 18 years - with young drivers banned from consuming any alcoholic beverage.

QFF


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2373 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4299 times:

you need to be 16 here.. it used to be 15 but they just changed it to 16... thank god I am not 15 anymore Big grin

Here it is actually very cool among young people to brag about how drunk they were and what they did while they were drunk. Its part of our culture.


User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4295 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 1):
About as easy as it is to buy some water. Age restrictions are 16 for beer and wine, 18 for hard liquor.
Drinking in public, even being drunk, is tolerated as long as you don't molest other people.

Exactly the same in this country. The police in The Hague do frown on drunk and disorderly behaviour on Friday and Saturday nights.

Regards, Robert  bouncy 



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User currently offlineJmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1298 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4268 times:

Like Germany it is about as easy as it is to buy water, except our drinking age is 18. Our government have had what they would like to call a "Crackdown" recently. They realised that too many people who were 16,17 were able to buy alcohol, i.e. its not that hard to make yourself look 18, especially for the girls.

They introduced "Think21". Now people who sell and serve alcohol are told to I.D people who look under 21. The legal age is still 18, so if they have I.D to prove they are 18 its fine, if they don't - no sale. I guess they're trying to cut out the area of 16,17 year olds who can freely get it cus they look 18. it can get very confusing for customers at times not quite understanding Think21, asking if the law has changed to 21 etc etc and can cause a few arguments where I work. Another interesting feature is the law has been changed regarding who is prosecuted for underage sales. Now, if I serve someone underage, I get fined. it used to be the company but it is now individuals. I guess thats to make cashiers and bar staff think, as before I assume very few actually cared!


User currently offlineCPH757 From Denmark, joined Sep 2005, 684 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4265 times:

Denmark:

Anybody can consume alcohol where it's not explicitly prohibited (like some public area, rather few though). You have to be 16 to buy alcohol (Actually I'm not sure whether you have to be 16 to consume public, but in homes it is allowed).

You can buy alcohol in almost any store, no matter if it is beer, wine or liquor. Pubs etc. has to obtain a license to sell alcohol for on-site consuming.

Kinda liberal rules, and I like it. Just returned from California, where I had to show my passport everytime I bought a beer. Kind of annoying, and stupid as well. It doesn't seem that American teens drink less anyway  Smile



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User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4261 times:

Sweden

You have to be 18 to buy alcohol here. When you are 18 you can buy beer up to 3.5% alc. and you can buy any alcoholic beverage in a bar, restaurant etc.

If you want to buy stronger beer, wine or hard liquor (in stores) you must be 20 and you can only buy the stronger beverages in state-owned stores.


User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4256 times:

Quoting Matt27 (Reply 7):
When you are 18 you can buy beer up to 3.5% alc.

There is beer with alcohol level below 4%?  yuck 

pelican


User currently offlineQANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5850 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4251 times:

18 here, walk into the bottleO or the supermarket and load up...to easy!


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4237 times:

Probably the easiest places for those under 21 to buy beer or wine is at gas stations. Many of the folks running them don't even bother to check ID. Some counties run stings every few months, and you here about the stores that sold beer to someone underage.

Here in Georgia, our selling laws are odd. You have dry counties but wet cities, the selling hours are inconsistant (One county may stop sales @ midnight, but a city within the county has 24 hour sales. Bars may close @ 3 am in one city, but go a mile up the street, those bars close @ 4 am.). Then there's the Sunday sales law. Retail sales are banned, but you can go into a resturant or bar (if the bar's sells more food than alcohol) after 12:30 pm and drink, and they have to close @ midnight.


User currently offlineTheSorcerer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 1048 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4220 times:

In Britain it's easy, I get sold in most shops , apart from the big supermarkets like ASDA Tesco and Sainsburys. They've brought in this rule where they have to check your ID if you look under 21, I just wear jeans, a hoodie and an old suit jacket over that and I look like a student and get sold. Fake IDs are easily available from the internet. Sometimes the police act harshly when they catch underagers sometimes they don't, depends on the policeman i think.
Dominic



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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4213 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Thread starter):
. In California, no one may publicly consume any alcoholic beverage, or possess any open alcoholic beverage container, other than on the premises of a restaurant or other food and beverage-serving establishment possessing a valid license from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, or any public place between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. the same day.

4. In California, no one under the age of 21 years may purchase, sell, or publicly consume or possess, any alcoholic beverage anywhere whatsoever. (I believe it is also illegal to privately sell or provide alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21 years. It may or may not be illegal to serve certain alcoholic beverages to one's own children, under the age of 21, in one's own home, subject to other laws; I'm given to understand that certain vintners in this State do so with some regularity.)

So being 20 years old and sitting on imperial hill at LAX with some Bud wasnt a good idea then? Big grin

In the UK it is easy to buy alcohol. Im 20 and i dont get i'd anywhere anymore. ITs great. Infact i buy too much alcolhol. Spending 10 hours in a bar yesterday and then drinking a bottle of vodka later in the evening was an expeiriance. In fact... it's 1pm! Im off down my su bar, rugby/pint and pool call! Big grin

Chris



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User currently offlineLentigomaligna From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4201 times:

Utah's Unique & Curious Liquor Laws

There are more complicated laws too, all fairly strict. In some cities, Alcohol is completely banned from sale.

[Edited 2006-02-11 15:44:15]

User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2373 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4185 times:

Quoting Matt27 (Reply 7):
When you are 18 you can buy beer up to 3.5% alc. and you can buy any alcoholic beverage in a bar, restaurant etc.

First of all: it doesn't make sense that you can buy beer up to 3,5% in stores and then buy whatever you like in restaurants, etc. Do you mean that you can buy whatever beer with up to 3,5% in restaurants, bars, etc?

Also, I have never seen a beer with 3% or so. Either they are without alcohol or with about 4-5% alcohol. I guess that is why we find sooo many drunken swedes over here  Silly

Its so hilarious when you see some swedish guy's volvo almost touching the ground because it is loaded with alcohol up in Helsingør. Big grin


User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4183 times:

I like Missouri. You can buy EVERYTHING at Wal-Mart.  Silly

User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4179 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 14):
Do you mean that you can buy whatever beer with up to 3,5% in restaurants, bars, etc?

No, you can buy all alcoholic drinks in bars etc when you are 18.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2373 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4159 times:

Quoting Matt27 (Reply 16):
No, you can buy all alcoholic drinks in bars etc when you are 18.

well whats the point with the 3,5% beer limit then?


User currently offlineJoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 569 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4112 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 1):
About as easy as it is to buy some water. Age restrictions are 16 for beer and wine, 18 for hard liquor.
Drinking in public, even being drunk, is tolerated as long as you don't molest other people.

I think the age should be something around 16 or 18... I don't even know the age restriction... so u see in Italy you can buy alcohol where and when u want; drink when and where u are and the first time i saw a light beer it was in Australia.
I used to buy beer when i was 14 or 15 without any problems.
I think it's because we are one of the people that for culture usually doesn't drink too much. Yes we drink a lot (for our standards) in the week-ends but it's usually very hard to see drunk people if u aren't in a disco saturday night or in a party.
I was 4months in Oz and i was almost shocked of how much humans can drink. I never drank every day and several time in a day before arriving in Australia...fortunately for my liver now I'm back. The first times it was strange even to walk down the streets and see a lot of drunk mans... girls...
It was really great fun but I'm glad we don't use to drink so much here.
Cheers
Prost
Slontcha
Salute
Ciao
Joe


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4112 times:

- Walk into shop

- Locate Malibu

- Pick it up

- Go to counter

- Show ID (yay  Silly)

- Give moneh!

- Collect bag containing Malibu

- Leave shop.

All in a days work!  Wink


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4110 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 1):
Age restrictions are 16 for beer and wine, 18 for hard liquor.

But very few people here in Germany care about the legal age. I've bought beer and other alcoholic drinks frequently when I was 14 or 15.

So yes, buying alcohol is as easy as buying water in Germany.

Patrick


User currently offlineAgill From Sweden, joined Feb 2004, 1006 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4106 times:

Pretty easy, we just go to Denmark and buy ours  Smile

User currently offlineAa757first From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3347 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4089 times:

Quoting Jmc757 (Reply 5):

They introduced "Think21". Now people who sell and serve alcohol are told to I.D people who look under 21.

Here in Pennsylvania, you have to ID anyone that looks under 25, I think.

In Pennsylvania, you have to buy liquor from state-owned liquor stores. They are all around and people say the selection is pretty good in the stores and you can buy almost anything on their internet store and send it to your local store. There are also beer distributors, which are privately owned, but I'm not sure how they work.

AAndrew


User currently offlineSovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2572 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4071 times:
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In Bulgaria my 9 year old sister can go buy a bottle of vodka if she wanted.

But here in Chicago the local liquor store closes at 9pm. Dominicks carries liquor though AFAIK.


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4042 times:

It seems from this thread that America is one of the most restrictive countries on Earth when it comes to alcohol!

25 Post contains images Pilot kaz : Thank god I dont live there then
26 Post contains images AerospaceFan : Yup, 'cause America ain't the freest nation on Earth for alcohol consumption.   Although there are lots of kids who have fake ID's.[Edited 2006-02-1
27 Aeroflot777 : In Russia, a 7 year old can buy alcohol. No one cares at all! Same goes for cigarettes. I've been buying hard alcohol for parties every since I was li
28 Post contains images AerospaceFan : Whoa! That's the most liberal rule of all. No age restrictions at all?
29 S12PPL : In Oregon, the OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Comission) governs the sale of ALL alcoholic beverages above a certain volume. You can buy beer, wine, and
30 JoKeR : Same applies in Serbia.... its actually too easy!
31 RwSEA : It is, and this is one of the reasons why the US has more problems with alcohol than other much less restrictive countries. In places like Germany or
32 AR1300 : no rules whatsoever.Anybody could by anything. mike
33 Post contains images Levent : In Holland I could easily buy alcohol in liquor stores when I was 14 because I looked much older. Here in Thailand, I believe the minimum age for buyi
34 Aeroflot777 : There is an age restriction, but the problem is absolutely no one cares at all. Aeroflot777
35 Levent : I think that most on this forum think the problem is NOT being able to buy alcohol... Never mind that most accidents of young drivers are alcohol-rel
36 Bill142 : Yes you can. Several Woolworths and Coles Supermarkets here now have liquor aisles and not separate stores immediatley adjacent to the supermarket.
37 QANTASforever : Well...the ACT. lol You can buy ANYTHING in the ACT. Still - alcohol in supermarkets remains very uncommon. QFF
38 Bill142 : Yep.. You can usually buy getter stuff off the guy in the park then over the counter. And I'm not talking about drugs.
39 Sovietjet : Yep, same in Bulgaria. It's 18 but...who cares?????
40 Post contains images Aleksandar : Well, that explains a lot I agree with you. Kids can buy just everything and the saddest part is that many parents don't care about it.
41 QANTASforever : lol FFS - I'm so not asking. QFF
42 Vhqpa : Not in Queensland, I work at coles and we definently don't sell liquor although I'm pretty sure we have unalcoholic wines etc. also I have never seen
43 Post contains images IceTitan447 : EASY, you walk in the door, show an I.D. and walk out.
44 Post contains images NoUFO : That's only because you already looked like a git when you were 14.
45 Melpax : Also most supermarkets here have a 'bottle shop' which is seperate from the rest of the store where you can buy alcohol. Also there is the 'Drive thr
46 AerospaceFan : Yup. We have strict anti-drunk driving laws here in the 'States, too.
47 Sabena332 : I think it had rather something to do with my height, I was already 1.85 meters tall when I was 15. I remember that I had to appear in court (as a wi
48 Post contains images TheSorcerer : Witness? na i don't believe it. How many years did you get? Dominic
49 Post contains images Sabena332 : I was there as a witness but I gave a false testimony. My questioning lasted two minutes and it was like this: Judge: "So tell us what you saw on tha
50 FlyKev : Hmm UK. Im 17, and most places ID you. However some places dont do this... which is good! Just back from France, I do like that drinking age!...
51 Jush : Yep and I remember if you have had any problems you could still go to the "Tanke" (petrol station) and get you your whiskey beer or whatever. Regds j
52 HAWK21M : Out here. Tough if you look Teenager. regds MEL
53 Post contains images Sabena332 : Yes, I remember that we always bought beer and Jägermeister at the gas station when we were underage. The owner of the gas station was a Turk and he
54 Mdsh00 : It varies in the US. Calfornia is one of the more liberal states as far as purchase of alcohol. You can practically find alcohol anywhere that has a l
55 Post contains images Jush : I wonder why I'm so familiar with this sentence.
56 GSM763 : Fairly easy to get your hands on the stuff if you look anything over 16. Yes you are supposed to be I.Ded but I'v never seen this happen in practise.
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