Drinking age in Greece
There’s not even a legal drinking age in Greece if you’re drinking in private. However, if you want to go out and drink, or buy alcohol in public, you have to be at least 18 years of age. That’s the stated age, however. There are some anecdotal reports of kids much younger being able to order from hotel bars and such.
What about drunk driving in Greece? Drunk driving is outlawed in Greece, just like it is everywhere. There are strange cars, unseen obstacles, and small lanes that make it hard for it not to keep hitting the highest road fatality rate in all of Europe. What’s the legal limit that you can drink and not be considered drunk driving in Greece? The limit is a little lower at .05 to make you legally drunk, and it’s .08 in the U.S., just like it is in the U.K. Drunk driving stops are going up. You could get fined hundreds of Euros. Even if you think you can drive fine when you’re drunk, the other drunk guy might not be so skilled. Drunk driving takes a lot of peoples’ lives in Greece.
A lot of people say that it’s not an issue at all there to buy or drink alcohol in public, no matter what your age. No one is going to bother you. There is a very lax attitude in Greece. Anecdotal reports suggest that as long you visit lounges and bars with cash, you’ll be fine, and you’ll get served. However, it’s important to remember that the legal age is 18, and you shouldn’t expect to get served if you’re under 18, so don’t go there thinking that, if you’re planning on a great trip and are under the age of 18.
There is really no age limit for drinking in Greece. However, the legal limit is 18, and you can drink when you’re 16 with adult supervision. The law is almost never enforced though. Some cafeterias and clubs have signs saying that they prohibit the consumption of alcohol for anyone under the age of 18, but nobody asks for an ID when you enter a club and order a drunk.
Even though Greeks drink a lot, they expect you to behave decently if you’re drunk. You can’t act all out of line and crazy. You have to maintain a sense of order and decorum. The Greeks are known to be able to drink a whole lot and still maintain their equilibrium, and they expect you to be able to too. Public drunkenness displays are highly frowned upon in Greece, and it’s wise to stay in line and look like you know what you’re doing when you’re drinking. It can be especially bad if people who are under the age of 18 started behaving badly when they’re drinking. Greek society disapproves of drunken behavior, and they can call the police if you get too rowdy.
Greece has a more lax attitude for underage drinking than other countries in Europe.