On average Worldwide, youth can legally drink alcohol from the age of 18.

The average drinking age varies by country, as each country has its own laws and regulations regarding the consumption of alcohol. In some countries, the legal drinking age is as low as 16, while in others it is as high as 25. The global average drinking age is around 18 years old. However, it is important to note that this is just an approximate average, and it can vary widely from country to country. Additionally, many countries have different drinking ages for different types of alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, and spirits.

Here is a list of the legal drinking age limit by country:

  • Afghanistan: Illegal
  • Albania: 18
  • Algeria: 18
  • Andorra: 18
  • Angola: 18
  • Antigua and Barbuda: 18
  • Argentina: 18
  • Armenia: 18
  • Australia: 18 (varies by state and territory)
  • Austria: 16 (beer and wine) or 18 (spirits)
  • Azerbaijan: 18
  • Bahamas: 18
  • Bahrain: Illegal (though it is sometimes served in hotels and clubs)
  • Bangladesh: 18 (Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol)
  • Barbados: 18
  • Belarus: 18
  • Belgium: 16 (beer and wine) or 18 (spirits)
  • Belize: 18
  • Benin: 18
  • Bhutan: Illegal
  • Bolivia: 18
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: 18
  • Botswana: 18
  • Brazil: 18
  • Brunei: Illegal
  • Bulgaria: 18
  • Burkina Faso: 18
  • Burundi: 18
  • Cabo Verde (Cape Verde): 18
  • Cambodia: 18
  • Cameroon: 18
  • Canada: 18 or 19 (varies by province and territory)
  • Central African Republic: 18
  • Chad: 18
  • Chile: 18
  • China: 18 (though it is often not enforced)
  • Colombia: 18
  • Comoros: Illegal
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of the: 18
  • Congo, Republic of the: 18
  • Costa Rica: 18
  • Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast): 18
  • Croatia: 18
  • Cuba: 16
  • Cyprus: 17
  • Czech Republic: 18
  • Denmark: 16 (beer and wine) or 18 (spirits)
  • Djibouti: Illegal
  • Dominica: 18
  • Dominican Republic: 18
  • East Timor (Timor-Leste): 18
  • Ecuador: 18
  • Egypt: 21 (non-Muslims only)
  • El Salvador: 18
  • Equatorial Guinea: 18
  • Eritrea: Illegal
  • Estonia: 18
  • Eswatini (Swaziland): 18
  • Ethiopia: 18
  • Fiji: 18
  • Finland: 18
  • France: 18 (though minors may consume alcohol in the context of a meal)
  • Gabon: 18
  • Gambia: 18
  • Georgia: 16
  • Germany: 16 (beer and wine) or 18 (spirits)
  • Ghana: 18
  • Greece: 18
  • Grenada: 18
  • Guatemala: 18
  • Guinea: 18
  • Guinea-Bissau: 18
  • Guyana: 18
  • Haiti: Illegal
  • Honduras: 18
  • Hungary: 18
  • Iceland: 20
  • India: 21 (varies by state)
  • Indonesia: 17
  • Iran: Illegal
  • Iraq: Illegal
  • Ireland: 18 (though minors may consume alcohol in the context of a meal)
  • Israel: 18
  • Italy: 18 (though minors may consume alcohol in the context of a meal)
  • Jamaica: 18
  • Japan: 20
  • Jordan: Illegal
  • Kazakhstan: 21
  • Kenya: 18
  • Kiribati: 18
  • Kosovo: 18
  • Kuwait: Illegal
  • Kyrgyzstan: 21
  • Laos: 18
  • Latvia: 18
  • Lebanon: 18
  • Lesotho: 18
  • Liberia: 18
  • Libya: Illegal
  • Liechtenstein: 16 (beer and wine) or 18 (spirits)
  • Lithuania: 20
  • Luxembourg: 16 (beer and wine) or 18 (spirits)
  • Madagascar: 18
  • Malawi: 18
  • Malaysia: 18
  • Maldives: Illegal (though it is sometimes served in resorts and hotels)
  • Mali: 18
  • Malta: 17
  • Marshall Islands: 18
  • Mauritania: Illegal
  • Mauritius: 18
  • Mexico: 18
  • Micronesia: 21
  • Moldova: 16
  • Monaco: 18
  • Mongolia: 18
  • Montenegro: 18
  • Morocco: 18
  • Mozambique: 18
  • Myanmar (Burma): Illegal
  • Namibia: 18
  • Nauru: 20
  • Nepal: 18
  • Netherlands: 18
  • New Zealand: 18
  • Nicaragua: 18
  • Niger: 18
  • Nigeria: 18
  • North Korea: Illegal
  • North Macedonia: 18
  • Norway: 18
  • Oman: Illegal (though it is sometimes served in hotels and clubs)
  • Pakistan: 21
  • Palau: 21
  • Panama: 18
  • Papua New Guinea: 18
  • Paraguay: 20
  • Peru: 18
  • Philippines: 18
  • Poland: 18
  • Portugal: 18
  • Qatar: Illegal (though it is sometimes served in hotels and clubs)
  • Romania: 18
  • Russia: 18
  • Rwanda: 18
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis: 18
  • Saint Lucia: 18
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: 18
  • Samoa: 21
  • San Marino: 16 (beer and wine) or 18 (spirits)
  • Sao Tome and Principe: 18
  • Saudi Arabia: Illegal
  • Senegal: 18
  • Serbia: 18
  • Seychelles: 18
  • Sierra Leone: 18
  • Singapore: 18
  • Slovakia: 18
  • Slovenia: 18
  • Solomon Islands: 21
  • Somalia: Illegal
  • South Africa: 18
  • South Korea: 19
  • South Sudan: Illegal
  • Spain: 18 (though minors may consume alcohol in the context of a meal)
  • Sri Lanka: 21
  • Sudan: Illegal
  • Suriname: 16 (beer and wine) or 18 (spirits)
  • Sweden: 18
  • Switzerland: 16 (beer and wine) or 18 (spirits)
  • Syria: Illegal
  • Taiwan: 18
  • Tajikistan: 21
  • Tanzania: 18
  • Thailand: 20
  • Togo: 18
  • Tonga: 18
  • Trinidad and Tobago: 18
  • Tunisia: 18
  • Turkey: 18
  • Turkmenistan: 18
  • Tuvalu: 18
  • Uganda: 18
  • Ukraine: 18
  • United Arab Emirates: 21
  • United Kingdom: 18 (though minors may consume alcohol in the context of a meal)
  • United States: 21
  • Uruguay: 18
  • Uzbekistan: 20
  • Vanuatu: 18
  • Vatican City: 16 (beer and wine) or 18 (spirits)
  • Venezuela: 18
  • Vietnam: 18
  • Yemen: Illegal
  • Zambia: 18
  • Zimbabwe: 18