International Guide to Minimum Legal Drinking Ages (MLDAs) in 138 Countries
The charts below contain the Minimum Legal Drinking Ages (MLDAs) and related data from 138 countries - the total number of countries studied by our sources the 2004 World Health Organization (WHO) reports and the Jan. 2010 International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) report. The US State department, as of June 2011, listed the total number of countries on earth at 194.
Click on a country in Chart III to see related data including production controls (license requirements, state monopoly present, etc.), taxation %s, definition of alcohol (by %), and restrictions on sales (hours, days, places, etc.), advertising (TV, print, billboards, health warnings present, etc.), public consumption (sporting events, parks, concerts, etc.), and more.
The on-premise age limits vary between different states for spirits, being either 16 or 18 years. For off-premise sales the limits vary from no age limit or 16 for beer, no age limit or 16 for wine, and no age limit or 18 for spirits.
Non-Muslims over 17 years of age are allowed to import up to 2 bottles of liquor and 12 cans of beer for personal use, once every 48 hours. This alcohol must be stored and consumed at the place of residence and not given, or sold to any other person.