Drinking age

Last Updated: 10th Dec 2013

<p>More Tour and Travel Advice for: <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-Europe">Australia</a>, <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-usa-and-canada"><span class="caps">USA</span> &amp; Canada</a>, <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-australia">Australia</a> and <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-new-zealand">New Zealand</a></p> <p><img src="https://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/north_america/user_photos/terri_drinking_age.jpg" class="rightwise" title="drinking age, las vegas group" alt="drinking age, las vegas group" /></p> <p>Drinking age varied from country to country and sometimes from region to region.</p> <h2>Valid Identification</h2> <p>What qualifies as a valid form of ID and proof of age varies from region to region and even place to place. Some bars in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/europe">Europe</a> will let almost anyone inside while entry and service will be refused to even the oldest clients in <a href="/contikipedia/articles/australia">Australia</a>, <a href="/contikipedia/articles/new-zealand">New Zealand</a> and the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/usa"><span class="caps">USA</span></a> or <a href="/contikipedia/articles/canada">Canada</a> if they cannot prove their age.</p> <p>A valid Driver&#8217;s License from your home country is usually sufficient no matter when you travel but nothing beats having your <a href="/contikipedia/articles/passports">Passport</a> on hand, particularly when travelling in a foreign country.</p> <h2>Europe</h2> <p>Again, the enforcement of these restrictions and the need for identification will vary from region to region and this is a general guide for the whole of Europe. 18 is the oldest you must be to drink in any European country.</p> <ul> <li>Drinking Age <ul> <li>Beer and Wine – 16</li> <li>Liquor and Spirits – 18</li> </ul></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Bars and Clubs – 16 – 18 depending on the venue</li> </ul> <p><strong>Please Note:</strong> Different laws apply for the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/legal-drinking-age-sweden">legal drinking age in Sweden</a>.</p> <h2><span class="caps">USA</span></h2> <ul> <li>Drinking &#8211; All States – 21</li> <li>Bars and Clubs – Varies from 18 -21 – No drinking without ID</li> </ul> <h2>Canada</h2> <p>Laws vary between 18 and 19 from Province to Province.</p> <ul> <li>Drinking, Bars and Clubs <ul> <li>Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec &#8211; 18</li> <li>All other Provinces (including British Columbia and Ontario) -19</li> </ul></li> </ul> <h2>Australia</h2> <ul> <li>Drinking &#8211; All States – 18</li> <li>Bars and Clubs – 18</li> </ul> <h2>New Zealand</h2> <ul> <li>Drinking – 18</li> <li>Bars and Clubs – 18</li> </ul>