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Drinking age in England


Let’s talk about a subject that is very interesting to most kids out there, and for better or worse, is on their minds a lot – the legal drinking age. The legal drinking age is the age when a person is legally allowed to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages. These laws also pertain to the location and time when alcohol can be drunk. The minimum age when a person can start drinking alcohol is sometimes different the age at which it can be drunk. The laws are different the different countries out there, and a lot of the laws have special circumstances and exceptions too. Most of the laws only apply to the public consumption of alcohol, and drinking alcohol in the home is not regulated. There are different countries that have varying age limits for different kinds of alcohol drinks too. If you thought all that was pretty confusing, you’re not alone. People who travel frequently need to pay attention to the local laws when they’re thinking about consuming alcohol. A lot of younger travelers traverse the globe more often now. For example, in Canada, the legal drinking age is 18, but in the United States, it’s 21. That can be a bit of a surprise for some people traveling to Canada for the first time.

The United Kingdom, and England as well, is the only country in the world that has a certain age for when alcohol can be drunk in the home too. The legal drinking age in the United Kingdom is 18. Between the ages of five and 17, it is legally allowable for children between five and 17 to drink alcohol at home or at the home of a friend as long as permission is granted from parents or adult guardians. People that are 16 and 17 can consume alcohol with a meal on certain licensed premises. However, they cannot purchase it. The adult has to order the alcohol, however. Purchasing alcohol for someone under the age of 18 is illegal in England. This means that the person acts as the young person’s agent to buy the alcohol.

Customers that try to buy alcoholic beverages that look under 21 have to prove their age to the retailer. It is all about the opinion of the retailer. The retailer is given discretion in asking for an ID.

Most of the countries in the European Union have a legal drinking age of 18. In Canada, the legal drinking age is 18. There is a European heritage carried over to Canada that is both French and English. Perhaps the Europeans have a better relationship with alcohol than the United States of America. The legal drinking age in the US is 21. It’s interesting to see how different countries regulate alcohol differently. It seems that adults in England are given more freedom and flexibility in drinking alcohol at an earlier age, even younger than the legal drinking age with certain meals on certain occasions, and that it is a more natural part of their lives.




  1. Walter F. Wouk says:

    The 21-year drinking age in the U.S. was foisted upon the country an addled old fart named Ronald Reagan.

  2. Courtney says:

    The legal drinking age in Canada is 19 actually

  3. Nick says:

    Drinking age in Canada varies by province, its not 19 everywhere…Quebec is 18 and so is Manitoba

  4. Tara says:

    The Drinking age in Ontario Canada is actually 19, I think it is only 18 in B.C and Quebec

  5. Janet says:

    Walter F. Wouk
    February 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm
    The 21-year drinking age in the U.S. was foisted upon the country an addled old fart named Ronald Reagan.
    WALTER, you must have been drunk out of your skull when you wrote that.

  6. thesavage says:

    So I was not braking the law getting pissed at 7


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