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Drinking age in Colombia

All countries around the world have their own drinking ages, and there is no one set drinking age at the U.N. that is applied to all the countries. There is not a global Prohibition, like what was attempted in America in 1919, and it is not treated like drugs, in that there are no international treaties banning the sale and consumption of alcohol. All countries have their own drinking and purchase ages. At times, those ages are the same. At times, those ages are different. Different countries have finely nuanced laws when it comes to drinking. Some countries are more inelegant in their approach. They might have one age that applies to both drinking and purchasing, and that age might be very high. It didn’t used to always be that way in the U.S., however, if that’s the basis for your thinking on other countries’ drinking laws. Let’s take a look at the drinking age in Colombia.

The legal drinking age in Colombia is 18. The laws are extremely lenient there, regarding the drinking age though. There are some urban areas like Cali, Cartagena, Medellin, and Bogota with upscale clubs and bars, where they may card you. There are no laws against consuming alcohol in public, so if you’re low on money, just open up a bottle in a nearby plaza or park. A resident who lived there said that you will see young people drinking hard liquor and beer. There are a lot of national drinks there. While all countries have national drinks, and especially Latin American countries, there are some national drinks in Colombia that they are really proud of. One of those drinks is the Aguadiente.

All the South American countries have their own Augardientes, but Colombia might be the place that consumes the most of them. There’s a huge rivalry between the different producers in each region. Colombians are definitely prod of their national drink though. It’s soured from sugarcane, and it has some of the anise seed for flavor. It has a 29% alcohol content, and you can also find anise seed-flavored liquors with a lot less alcohol content if you’re curious about getting that taste without going the full way. It’s consumed a lot more in the middle of the country, as opposed to the coast, where you find a lot of rum. The word “Aguadiente” also stands for “fire water”. If you’re talking about alcohol in this country, then this is the major drink choice for most Colombians. It is extremely strong, and it’s definitely chased with water. A lot of the women even drink this drink straight, with no ice. It’s just a part of the Spanish era culture there. Even though it’s so strong, it’s pretty smooth going down. One of the best parts of the whole experience of Aguadiente is that it has a strong aftertaste of licorice. This is certainly the drink that you need to try if you go there.



1 Comment

  1. jhon says:

    ” There are no laws against consuming alcohol in public, so if you’re low on money, just open up a bottle in a nearby plaza or park. ”

    This is not true. It depends on the location. Some cities like Medellín have prohibited drinking in some parks


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