Legal Drinking Age in Europe

Wine and other alcoholic beverages are part of Europe’s vast and colorful culture. This fact is probably what makes Europe so different from any other continent in the world. The idea that alcoholic beverages is already an integral part of their lives makes drinking (or finally getting to your legal drinking age) not as important as it is with other people. This lessens the tendency of binge drinking as Europeans feel less threatened that they will no longer get to drink these alcoholic beverages. They are more inclined to social drinking as they are taught to appreciate the taste of alcohol without the intent of being drunk.

The countries under Europe have different legal drinking ages set in their laws, but even with those in effect, it is still considerably more lenient compared to the Unites States. Most countries under Europe either do not have a minimum drinking age set or have their legal drinking ages playing on either 16 or 18. Some of their countries however have something like a tiered structure, wherein the stronger drinks are restricted to legal adults and some lighter drinks are accessible to youths. Examples of these countries or regions are: Liechtenstein, Germany and Switzerland.

Other ways that countries of Europe are able to maintain a certain hold of their youth are restrictive laws towards those who sell the beverages rather than the minors themselves. Youngsters who work in shops that sell alcohol may not sell them if they are younger than 18. Responsibility is still placed on their parents and guardians though as those younger than legal age can only drink with adult supervision.