I always found the rules about public drinking in the US to be more strange than the drinking age.
Depends on the area, there are some where it's legal to drink outside as long as it's from a local business
Which means there are areas where you can't even sit outside a Cafe or bar and have a beer. This seems so strange.
Ah, yes, Germany! The land where there are no alcohol issues because everybody is by default drunk.
I think you have Germany confused with Czechia
I think every other country has this joke about themselves, "haha we're the biggest drinkers"
Denmark is doing pretty well statistically in terms of drinking though, the biggest amount of alcohol consumed by young people in the world
Czechia drinks just a little bit more than germans(Beer). On Average Germans drink afaik 114 l/year when Czechia has something like 116 l/year.
Though the Czech drink by far the most beer according to wikipedia
By the time Germans turn 18 (legal age for stronger alcoholic beverages) most of them already know their limit and party with more responsibility in my opinion.
Unfortunately alcoholism problems are worse here in Germany than the US. Many point to the early drinking ages for this, personally I see it is more a general cultural issue.
I have no data to back this up, but I seem to find that regions at Northern latitudes tend to have higher rates of alcoholism. I think it has something to do with long winter nights and people being able to find a sense of community in a pub/bar/Ratskeller after the sun goes down at 16:00 for half the year.
The US is much further south than most of Europe AND there are large regions that are very anti-alcohol due to religious reasons.
You stop drinking alcohol mostly at 21 I feel like.
At least most of me and my friends did. We still drink, but way way way way less. I feel like 21 or around there we the time we hit that responsibility.
Its much better to find your limits at 18...
Grew up in South America and underage drinking, though illegal in theory, is pretty much the norm.
I grew up in the US, and the only person I know who didn't drink as a 15 year old is a 33 year old who still doesn't drink. Lol.
Most people I knew started in college. 15 is a bit young. Only knew a handful of partiers who drank in high school.
As a non-American, every single American teenage movie I've ever watched tells me this is untrue.
I mean getting alcohol for an underage party is the whole plot of Superbad.
As an American emigrant: the red cups are real, but not limited to house parties; alcohol is a lot less accessible, so the party would be more likely to have four different kinds of liqueur from peoples parents or three handles of paint cleaner; getting the cops called on an underage party is serious. Like, potentially lose your job and home serious, even if you were gone for the weekend.
in Germany at 16 it is not underage drinking, you can legaly buy beer and wine.
In Germany underage drinking is at 13-14 and also happens a lot
The day after I moved to Germany I went to the hospital emergency room with what was later diagnosed as a kidney stone and stomach infection.
I was given over the counter painkillers and some cramp medication and told to drink lots of beer to treat the stomach infection by the doctor.
I am serious. I asked about the complications drinking on the pain meds and he just said it was OK.
mixing those meds with alcohol fucks your liver
Was "fuck your liver" as in "once is enough to fuck your liver" or as in "do this every day over a month to see any significant damage" kind of thing.
Drinking alcohol or buying it? Because in Britain it's 18 to buy it yourself but 5 to have it at home.
What the hell, Britain?
You ever tried cleaning a chimney while sober at 5 1/2 years of age?
With 16 only Beer, stronger alcoholic drinks only when 18 Years old.
That's the official age for stronger alcoholics. Most 16 year old already drink the hard stuff.
Meanwhile in Sweden, the National Board of Health and Welfare changed their guidelines in regards to drinking:
"Risky drinking now means drinking any of the following:
10 standard glasses or more per week.
4 standard glasses or more per drinking occasion (so-called intensive consumption) once a month or more often."
Same in Denmark. It was 15 until recently. We also held the record for teenage drinking for a long time, and still hold "most average alcohol per session" or something.
Yet we are statistically one of the "happiest" countries in the world. And take the most antidepressants!
Also in Sweden: if your 5 year old and her friends wants to do vodka shots for their tea party, you can just go ahead and pour some for them.
Clever meme. The drink in hand works so well that you wonder whether the caption came before the image or vice versa.
Had this pic had people ass covering the right side of it this whole time?
Had the pic not had had people ass covering a whole ass side, how had you'd feel?
Texas children of any age (supervised by parent / legal guardian): 🍻
Funny story about that.
When I was a kid, 15+ years ago, my parents told me about somebody that did that here in Texas with their son.
The father took his underage son to a restaurant and was able to get him a beer. During the meal, the father went to the bathroom and the son took a drink of his beer. A cop was sitting nearby and arrested the kid for underage drinking because the father wasn't in the presence of the son so it was no longer "supervised".
That’s exactly what I expected Texas cops to think about while out to dinner.
Were they brown? Seems like that wouldn't happen in Texas to a little white boy
8 year olds in Slovakia:
I remember being 14 and having friends of the same age order beer here in Italy, get drunk, nobody cared.
Well, if your sneakey about it...