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Drinking Age in Haiti

There are all sorts of different countries around the world. Some are island nations, some are republics, and some are dictatorships. All the countries in the world have their own drinking ages. Some countries disallow drinking entirely, like in many Muslim countries. There are some countries which don’t allow drinking for any purpose. Some countries have drinking ages as low as 16, and some countries have drinking ages as high as 25. Haiti is a country with one of the lowest drinking ages in the world. They have an extremely low drinking age, and it works out well for them. In some countries, it’s just more culturally acceptable to start drinking at an earlier age than a late age. The legal drinking age in Haiti really works for them. It’s not nearly as high as some other countries though, like some in the Middle East or in African countries. The legal drinking ages all over Europe are 18, and that seems to be the norm in most of the world. The legal drinking age in Haiti is one of the lowest in the world, and there are very few countries that have drinking ages that are that low. Most countries have a distinction between drinking age and purchase and possession age, but Haiti does not. They have a low age for both activities, drinking and purchasing, and it seems to work well for their government, their way of life, and their people as a whole, and it’s going to stay that way most likely.

The drinking age in Haiti is 16. That’s pretty low, considering that most countries have drinking ages of 18. It’s outside of the norm to have a drinking age of 16. One person who lived there at an orphanage for four weeks said that the legal drinking age is 18, but he saw kids drinking beer there at 16. He said that they’re low on cash there, so if you have money, they’ll take it. Another person who visits there frequently said that the rules aren’t kept well. Now, if you’re on a cruise ship going to Haiti, it may be a lot higher when you’re on the cruise ship. For example, if you’re coming from the U.S., it may be 21 still. However, if you’re getting off in Haiti, then the drinking age of 16 would rule the day. You will be able to drink if your parents allow you to drink on the boat though. In the U.S., you’re allowed to drink if you have your parents’ permission in most states. The same is true of most cruise ships. When you travel to a country like Haiti, that’s in the third world, then you might be able to drink even if you’re not 16 because the laws are so lax and not well-kept. If you’re going there as a tourist, then you need to be sure that you’re paying attention to all the local laws and rules though. You don’t want to get put in jail in a bad country.




  1. Frank says:

    Really unnecessary. Haiti is no where near a bad country. It they understand the idea of personal property, and even the poorest of the poor in Haiti are able to fairly and easily own property of their own. They are very lax, even considering foreigners. In fact, tourists in general usually receive favorable treatment and the cops and public officials there do not even have it in their mind to put especially foreigners in a bad situation, unless of course you commit an obviously grave crime, such as any such that results in loss/destruction of property and bodily injuries up to death. Also anything that is obviously threatening to national security is regarded as grave crimes, punishable, as would be expected of any democratic nation. Other than that, as long as you’re not hurting anybody or destroying anything, you are cool, don’t worry about anything. Just be careful because foreigners attract thieves, just make sure you don’t go out by yourself in any foreign nation.

    And please, Haiti is not a bad country. If you mean the poverty level, it’s a gross injustice. A lot of Haitians are poor, that is true, but the average Haitian regards well values such as integrity. As would be expected of any country, a metropolitan are would undoubtedly have the highest levels of crime, which is the case for Port-au-Prince and other urban areas. But in most towns and villages, beaches and resorts, and rural and mountain areas, people never lock their doors… most don’t even bother putting locks. People often camp out on their porch or in their yard during particularly hotter days of summer. Even in Carrefour, where I’m from, only thing what locked was the gate, which where tall for the residential area that we lived in, and everything else were left open or unlocked. We would camp out in the yard often as well, just as in the countrysides and small towns and villages. Carrefour is very huge by the way, over half a million people neighboring Port-au-Prince, the Capital. Crimes never bothered us, we were always safe.

    Yes, Haiti is poor, no, Haiti is not bad. It is very beautiful. Public Parks, charming roads, hills, trees, natural parks and forests, rivers, streams, etc. None of those natural resources are polluted, except in urban areas.

    Go to Haiti, party, enjoy. Officially the drinking age is 16, however there are absolutely no enforcement. I bought liquor for my family when I was 10 years old. Also, liquor isn’t just for partying… it’s often used for medicinal purposes, especially in Rum. That’s what my family would use it for whenever they ever bought liquor, or for a traditional Christmas drink called Cremas that has liquor and we all drank it as kids.

    Haiti is beautiful. If you want to legally drink at a much lower age, go to Haiti and have a good time. drink on the beach. wherever. Just don’t drink and drive, that is a danger to the public and yourself. However, waiting till the drinking age is a right of passage for your own culture/country. And since you live in that country, I would respect this aspect my culture. But that’s just be. Have fun and enjoy Haiti.

  2. Katei Francharles says:

    No need to say Haiti is a bad country. Every country has something bad about it so in that respect every country is bad. Be wary of what you say especially when it involves a whole entire nation.


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