Thursday, March 05, 2009

Map of Legal Drinking Age Around the World

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UPDATE: Catherine Rampell at the NY Times' Economix blog links to the map above, and provides some additional information, including a link to the underlying data, which addresses some of the concerns of the commenters on this post about possible inaccuracies. For example, Canada's drinking age varies by province: three provinces are apparently 18 years and the rest are 19 years.

10 Comments:

At 3/06/2009 2:24 AM, Blogger Eddie Bravo said...

Why is Japan all weird and squashed up? Is it because it has cirrohosis from drinking too much and shrivelled up?

 
At 3/06/2009 2:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually this map isn't very accurate. In Slovenia, the little country next to Italy, the legal drinking age is 18.

 
At 3/06/2009 2:33 AM, Blogger OA said...

16 in Europe? Never knew that. I guess they can get away with that since most people take public transporation.

 
At 3/06/2009 3:26 AM, Anonymous CJ in Vancouver said...

According to the map, the drinking age in Canada is 19. I live there and can tell you that in most provinces it's 18. Personally I wish it was 21 like it is in the U.S. Don't change.

 
At 3/06/2009 10:26 AM, Blogger KJ said...

Once again, we are leading the world!

- Proud American!

 
At 3/06/2009 11:08 AM, Blogger John B. Chilton said...

It's legal to drink in the United Arab Emirates unless you are a Muslim -- the minimum age may be 18, can't remember. And even on that score enforcement is pretty slack.

 
At 3/06/2009 11:31 AM, Blogger ExtremeHobo said...

"Once again, we are leading the world!"

Leading the world? in what way? Leading the world in sending out soldiers who are old enough to make decisions that could cost them their own lives but not old enough to have a beer? Hogwash! Moving up the drinking age is no excuse for poor parenting. I believe if America is Leading the world by forcing less of its population to drink, then really Iran is, GO IRAN!!!

 
At 3/06/2009 4:28 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> Leading the world? in what way? Leading the world in sending out soldiers who are old enough to make decisions that could cost them their own lives but not old enough to have a beer?

Idiot, you need to learn what the law actually is. Soldiers are allowed to drink at age 18 under limited circumstances (I believe it's "on base at officers' clubs and enlisted men's entertainment venues".

Not sure if they can drink off-base by showing their service ID.

Since I'm not in the service, I've never been concerned with that aspect of the law that much, but I am aware that being in the service does grant you some enhanced capacity in that regard.

I would also bet you that a person in uniform would probably not be carded at most bars.

 
At 3/06/2009 4:55 PM, Blogger QT said...

OA,

Also thought that drinking age in Canada was 18 yrs. Looks like we are both wrong.

Must admit that it's been a while since I was a teenager.

 
At 3/06/2009 8:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in Vietnam there is no age-related limitation on alcohol. Despite the absence of legal restrictions and the presence of heavy advertising by local and international beer and liquor brands,consumption of alcohol is universally among the 25 years old and over group. Vietnam has virtually no problems with minors or young people abusing alcohol.

 

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