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Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:52 am

I have always wondered what the drinking ages in other country's are. I know that here in the United States it is 21 years old.
 
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Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:53 am

18 in Bermuda.

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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:54 am

18 in NSW and I'm not sure but I think it's all of Australia too.
 
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:57 am

Quoting PJFlysFast (Thread starter):
I know that here in the United States it is 21 years old.

When are we going to pull our heads out of our asses and realize that the kids we trust with high-tech weaponry in the armed forces at the age of 18 are probably capable of handling a six pack of beer too?

I'd be curious to hear from some of you who live in countries where the drinking age is under 20...is underage drinking as huge of a problem there as it is here? How are children educated about alcohol prior to reaching the legal age? Anyone think their national drinking age should be raised?
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:58 am

18 everywhere in Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec, 19 everywhere else in Canada.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:02 am

I dont drink but the only reason I posted this forum is an argument I have been having with my sister. She says that in some places it it 13 years old and I disagree with her.

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 1):
The message you were about to post is too short and probably not of any higher value to the topic at hand. You should think long and hard before posting a message in this forum and make it detailed and a valuable addition to the topic discussed.

I am sorry I just was trying to be short and to the point and there is not much more I could say.
 
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:05 am

Quoting PJFlysFast (Reply 5):
I am sorry I just was trying to be short and to the point and there is not much more I could say.

He's not talking about you, but rather mocking a.net's minimum post length standards by using the "the message you were about to post..." bit in place of the more traditional "filler filler filler".

It's funny!
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:23 am

at home: basically, at parents' discretion

in public: 14 for light drinks such as beer and wine when accompanied by parents, 16 for the same when alone, 18 for hard liquor
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:25 am

Quoting Aloges (Reply 7):
in public: 14 for light drinks such as beer and wine when accompanied by parents, 16 for the same when alone, 18 for hard liquor

Interesting, I didn't know that. Seems like a sensible way to adapt children to responsible drinking as they grow up.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:27 am

18 here in the UK.

Although if you look under 21, you will now be asked for ID to buy alcohol.



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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:43 am

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 8):
Seems like a sensible way to adapt children to responsible drinking as they grow up.

Sort of - the concept is lost on quite a few people, unfortunately. Maybe they don't get alcohol poisoning as quickly as their American counterparts, but that is because German youngsters get more training.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:51 am

Switzerland, it's 16 for beers and wine, 18 for liquors.

Greece, I don't know what it technically is, but they don't really care, regardless of where you go.

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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:01 am

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 11):
Switzerland, it's 16 for beers and wine, 18 for liquors.

Same here, as most of Europe.

Quoting PJFlysFast (Reply 5):
Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 1):
The message you were about to post is too short and probably not of any higher value to the topic at hand. You should think long and hard before posting a message in this forum and make it detailed and a valuable addition to the topic discussed.

I am sorry I just was trying to be short and to the point and there is not much more I could say.

lol He's not talking about you. He just did a copy-paste  

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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:08 am

PJFlysFast when I was a teenager, the drinking age in New York was 18.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:16 am

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 6):
He's not talking about you, but rather mocking a.net's minimum post length standards by using the "the message you were about to post..." bit in place of the more traditional "filler filler filler".

It's funny!

Oh! Now I know what you are talking about! I feel like an idiot now! I hate that message too!
 
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Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:16 am

Quoting BCNGRO (Reply 12):
lol He's not talking about you. He just did a copy-paste

 checkmark  She copied that passage into the post after it had told her to put more text there. It's the most simple form of filler on a.net.
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Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:16 am

This isn't.  Wink
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:21 am

Quoting PJFlysFast (Reply 14):
I hate that message too!

Just learn to use filler properly and enjoy. What you do is put some nonsense between the simple "HTML brackets" < and > which will fool the "message too short" script because, after all, there is text. Who cares if it's visible in the end. E.g., my reply 16 reads

Quoting Aloges (Reply 16):
This isn't.  Wink < fillingthisupabit >

with the filler plus two empty spaces.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:27 pm

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 3):
When are we going to pull our heads out of our asses and realize that the kids we trust with high-tech weaponry in the armed forces at the age of 18 are probably capable of handling a six pack of beer too?

That's a good point. Although I have heard that if you are in your parents house and with your parents and not leaving the house, it is okay... just something I heard. I agree that if you are allowed to join the military, smoke, and buy lottery tickets you should be allowed to throw back a cold one or two. I'm not saying this because I'm "underage" for another half a year (even if they did motion to lower the age, by the time any bill or law would pass I'd be of age anyways) but because it just plain makes sense.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:52 pm

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 2):
18 in NSW and I'm not sure but I think it's all of Australia too.

It's 18 for all of Australia, however drink driving laws are very heavily enforced, especially in Victoria & New South Wales. The legal blood alcohol limit for driving here is .05 & drivers of heavy vehicles must have a zero BAC. The cops in MEL love to set up random breath testing roadblocks on the freeways. Also, here in Vic at least, the youngest you can get your driver's licence is 18. For the first 3 years of drving, you hold a 'probationary' licence, the main coindition is that you must not drive with any alcohol in your system, you must blow zero BAC.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 9):
Although if you look under 21, you will now be asked for ID to buy alcohol

Same here, but it's under 25 & the same also applies to cigarette purchases.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:00 pm

Quoting Iamcanadian (Reply 4):
18 everywhere in Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec

Quebec, I think its just a recommendation that you be 18 lol
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:39 pm

Quoting Aloges (Reply 7):
in public: 14 for light drinks such as beer and wine when accompanied by parents, 16 for the same when alone, 18 for hard liquor

I didn't know about the rule about drinking light drinks when accompanied by parents. I knew the rest though. BTW, for those who don't live in Germany or don't know: Once you get your ID when you're 16 if I'm not mistaken, you can legally smoke and buy cigarettes as well.

However, the word is that down in Bayern, kids can already drink beer at the age of 12 because it's considered nourishment.  Wink

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 8):
Seems like a sensible way to adapt children to responsible drinking as they grow up.

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My thoughts exactly. I had that discussion with my boss once and I tried to convince her that when kids are introduced early with responsible drinking, you can even reduce the amounts of car accidents because then the future adult is more aware of how alcohol affects your senses when driving under the influence. This doesn't stop DUIs though and in Germany, you can only get your driver's licence once you're 18 or older.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:35 pm

Quoting QFA380 (Reply 2):
18 in NSW and I'm not sure but I think it's all of Australia too.

All of Australia is 18.

New Zealand is 18. All the bars and clubs are 18
Supermarkets sell beer and wine.
If you look under 25 they will ID you but as long as you are 18 you can buy.
The only place you need to be 20 is at the casino... not sure why exactly but yeah you need to be 20 to get in so of course you can't drink if younger.
Some namby pamby MP tried to get the drinking age raised to 20. Thats so BS, if they want to toughen up problems with drinking then perhaps they should look at better education, and better enforcement of the drinking age (people often buy drinks for younger people).
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Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:02 pm

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 11):
Switzerland, it's 16 for beers and wine, 18 for liquors.

right, but these limits are for the SALE of these beverages (shops+restaurants), NOT the consumption. I am NOT aware of actual legal limits for the consumption.
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Fri Dec 29, 2006 7:38 pm

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 23):
right, but these limits are for the SALE of these beverages (shops+restaurants), NOT the consumption. I am NOT aware of actual legal limits for the consumption.

Same here but, here it's also illegal to buy drinks for an underage person in a public place like bars, restaurants, etc.. At home, everyone can drink whatever he wants (as long as dad approves/doesn't know :P)

Anyway, even if you're 10 years old you can't be fined for drinking alcohol in a bar, the fine goes either to the bar itself or the person who bought the drinks.
 
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:11 pm

In Qatar, its 21 years old.

In Jordan, you are allowed to buy it at 18, but you are not allowed to consume any in public - basically you can't go to a bar, etc. When your 21, your free to do whatever.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:17 pm

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 9):
18 here in the UK.

You can drink at 5 in your own home, and at 16 you can purchase beer, port, cider, or perry with a meal (wine also in Scotland). You can also drink alcohol in a licensed establishment below 16, as long as it's purchased by your parents.
 
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:50 pm

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 23):
right, but these limits are for the SALE of these beverages (shops+restaurants), NOT the consumption. I am NOT aware of actual legal limits for the consumption.

Norway works the same way. 18 for beer/wine, 20 for anything liquor based. But this is for sale. I went to the liquor store with my friend once when I was 17. He showed his ID, I paid with my Visa card... lol

You have drunk teenagers in town every weekend (ahh...memories), but the worst that'll happen is that you either go to detox, or to the police station where your parents will pick you up.

Don't even get me started on the ridiculous drinking age in the US...
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Fri Dec 29, 2006 9:56 pm

In Argentina, legally, drinking age is 18 years old.

In practice, drinking age is around 13 or 14 years old. (I've started myself at 13)

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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:04 pm

I think that legally it's 18, but practically, as soon as you're tall enough to be seen by the bartender when looking over the bar, they'll serve you...
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:29 pm

Quoting Iamcanadian (Reply 4):
18 everywhere in Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec, 19 everywhere else in Canada

But how many people actually obey this law. In Ontario-I don't know about the rest of Canada-you can drink when you're 16 at home if you're parents give you the alcohol; so I've heard. Legally of course. I doubt there are many that obey the law though  Wink
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Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:38 pm

Quoting YYZflyer (Reply 30):
In Ontario-I don't know about the rest of Canada-you can drink when you're 16 at home if you're parents give you the alcohol; so I've heard. Legally of course.

Minnesota is the same way. Drinking age does not apply if you're at your place of abode with your parents. Better not leave the house afterwards though, as the law applies the moment you step outside.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:35 pm

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 6):
He's not talking about you, but rather mocking a.net's minimum post length standards by using the "the message you were about to post..." bit in place of the more traditional "filler filler filler".

Saves typing time!!!

Quoting Aloges (Reply 15):
She copied that passage into the post after it had told her to put more text there. It's the most simple form of filler on a.net.

Thank you, I AM a 'she.'

However, one of my biggest arguments about setting the drinking age at 21 (especially in the US) is that the country can send all these people overseas to kill or be killed,watch friends and comrades get blown to bits but the same people can't go to a bar and toss back a couple of frosties when they return to celebrate the fact that they got back alive. Doesn't make any sense to me.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:30 am

In the USA, from the end of Prohibition in 1933 to the early 1970's states had laws where one had to either 18-19 or 21 to purchase or consume alcohol in bar or resturant. I believe in any military base, one only had to be 18, even if the state one was in was had a higher age. There was also not much enforcement as in later years and fake id's were easy to get and use.
In the early 1970's, the federal voting age was lowered by a Constitutional amendment to 18. From that, our continuing involvement in the Vietnam War, to court under 21 voters, and problems with under 21's going to adjacent states to drink (like from NJ, a 21 state to NY State, an 18 age state), some states lowered their drinking age to 18 or 19 from 21. Some like California never lowered their drinking age from 21. Some states had strange rules too, like Oklahoma where males had to be 21 and women 18! or those under 21 could only drink 3.2% alcohol beer.
Unfortunally, the numbers of drunk driving caused accidents rose quickly nationwide, and were highest in those states where the drinking age was under 21. Don't forget that unlike most countries, teens have much more money from parents or working to afford their own cars. Groups like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers), along with police and others pressured politicans to make a nationwide (50 states) drinking age of 21. Under President Regan, part of a bill for federal funding shares of highway construction was structured so if a state didn't raise their drinking age to 21, they would lose up to 5% of allocated funds. No state could afford losing many millions in such funds so by the mid-1980's all states were up to 21. As far as I know, all states since then have also made it so if under 21 and convicted of a DUI, then you lose your license until you are 21 and/or at least 1 year. All states have slightly different license formats/designs for those under 21, as well as make them very difficult to conterfit or alter as well as nasty penalties to do so or use fake id.
Most countries are resonable - go after the drunk driving than the age of the drunk. We have learned in recent years that one's brain continues to develop until they are in their early to mid-20's and alcohol isn't good for that development.
 
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Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:59 am

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 23):
No Swiss policemen will "crack" on any youngsters drinking alcoholic beverages in private. Unless other laws are violated or too much noise or disorder created.

They won't do anything about teenagers drinking in public either, it's great. I was in Switzerland with my cousins this summer and we were all between 16 and 19, and we were walking around Sion with beers and other drinks in our hands, making quite a bit of noise. Policemen would just drive by and tell us to be careful (although my cousin Antoine almost got arrested for destroying one of those "Maximum Clearance" signs in tne underground parking garage. He tried hanging from it and the chains holding it up snapped.)

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Sat Dec 30, 2006 2:52 am

8 and a third.

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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Sat Dec 30, 2006 3:02 am

The legal age at which you can buy any alcohol and cigarettes in denmark is 16, however, it used to be 15.

I'm not sure if it's illegal for someone under 16 to drink or smoke though. A lot of the youngsters do it anyway, that's my experience. I started drinking at parties when I was 13. Never had any problem with that.

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Quoting Aloges (Reply 7):
at home: basically, at parents' discretion

Yeah that's what I meant

Quoting QR332 (Reply 25):
In Qatar, its 21 years old.

In Jordan, you are allowed to buy it at 18, but you are not allowed to consume any in public - basically you can't go to a bar, etc. When your 21, your free to do whatever.

How many buy it though? Isn't it against Islam to consume alcohol?

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Quoting CPH813 (Reply 36):
n Jordan, you are allowed to buy it at 18, but you are not allowed to consume any in public - basically you can't go to a bar, etc. When your 21, your free to do whatever.
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How many buy it though? Isn't it against Islam to consume alcohol?

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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:06 am

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 3):
Anyone think their national drinking age should be raised?

The US technically doesn't have a national drinking age. The states are free to change the age to whatever they want, as long as they don't mind losing highway funds.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 9):
Although if you look under 21, you will now be asked for ID to buy alcohol.

Theoretically  Wink
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Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:08 am

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 37):

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Sat Dec 30, 2006 4:18 am

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 33):
We have learned in recent years that one's brain continues to develop until they are in their early to mid-20's and alcohol isn't good for that development.

Yes this is true. But the average age that the frontal lobe (the last part of the brain to fully develop) is 25 years of age. Of course that isn't everybody, but it's just on average. So that 21 year old could be harming their development too.....
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Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:13 am

In October there were discussions here to raise the drinking age from 16 to 18 in an effort to curb youngsters drinking. (A recent study by Instituto da Droga e da Toxicodependência revealed that 50% of Portuguese kids between 12 and 15 drink alcoholic beverages.) For now it remains 16, although bars and nightclubs are free to set higher age limits for entry.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:35 am

Here it´s 20 to buy alcohol, 18 in pubs, disco´s. 18 to buy cigarettes.

I remember when I was in Lake Tahoe we could drive to Nevada (5 min) and buy alcohol 1 AM, they´ve open 24 hrs, but not in Cal where we lived....funny when you think about it.

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Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:53 am

21 to buy alcohol, 18 to drink it if someone over 21 gets it for you.  Silly
 
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Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:13 am

Quoting CPH813 (Reply 36):
How many buy it though? Isn't it against Islam to consume alcohol?

Yes, it is against Islam, but you'd be surprised at the amount of Muslim drinkers out there - its a personal thing, nobody tries to enforce their rules on everyone, hence its availability. That said, while in Jordan it is very easy to get alcohol, in Qatar it is much more difficult - there is only one store that sells alcohol, and it only sells it to people who carry a license allowing them to buy it. There is a monthly limit to the amount of alcohol one can buy, and once that is used up, people have to go to bars, which are also strictly licensed; they are only found in hotels, with a few exceptions - these are usually places frequented by expatriates, such as the Doha Rugby Club.
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Sat Dec 30, 2006 1:24 pm

In Guatemala the drinking age is 18, which is the legal age for everything else. Not that the minimum age is that respected, though...  drunk 
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Sat Dec 30, 2006 1:50 pm

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 45):
Not that the minimum age is that respected, though...

Honestly, I really don't think that it is in almost any country you look at. For one, living in the US my whole life I've noticed that kids are getting younger and younger in their first time getting drunk. If you know someone 21 or over, your able to get a hold of it!
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kesbe
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Sat Dec 30, 2006 2:35 pm

drinking is not allowed for people from maldives. so sad so sad! if caught end up in jail for a while.....  crazy 
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:32 pm

I live in the town with the highest alcohol consumption per capita in Australia, unfortuantley EVERYONE drinks, i know of 12 year olds going out and getting off their face but its boredom and their parents are stupid enough to buy them alcohol. We also have a major problem with aborigionals as they cant handle the alcohol, and most of the population of them near us have a major alcohol problem, they have closed the pubs and the bottle shops to try and curve the problem but it isnt working....

Sad really
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RE: Drinking Ages In Your Country

Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:06 pm

Yea 18 in the UK, but its not respected, people as young as 14 can easily buy alcohol, end of the day the shopkeeper just wants the cash, i been in clubs pubs etc where i know people's age and see them buying at the bar etc

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