Once again debate on perfect age to touch booze - diverting attention is the name of the

Once again debate on perfect age to touch

December 7, 2017 moGossip

More than 2 million slum children die every year in India and we are still stuck at the perfect age to touch booze.

I am going to lower the drinking age to 18. If you’re old enough to die in Iraq, you’re old enough to drink. – Kinky Freidman

What would you suppose is the Legal Drinking Age across the world? There are 190 countries and we cannot mention the legal drinking age in each, lest the article turns into a drag. Nonetheless we can offer a general abstract to our readers about how MLDA (Minimum Legal Drinking Age) is defined and perceived in major countries. And then let’s draw parallels to our Home Country India’s take on Legal Drinking Age.

Most Recently Kerela Government has announced the decision of raising the bar on Legal Drinking age from 21 to 23. Chief Minister “Pinarayi Vijayan” is making the necessary changes and inductions in the Abkari Act. All the bars below 5-star hotel category have been out of operations and only 5-star hotels are allowed to serve liquor. Licensed liquor shops are operating though.  

A major decision like this is only being welcomed by the LDF political party of India and is being openly criticized by the public and Kerela Youth. In my opinion it’s another political charade. In a country where masses are struck by hunger, disease, sub-standard lifestyle and inhuman conditions, how can escalating drinking age bring respite to any of the major banes?

Did you know that contrary to popular belief Legal drinking age in USA is 21 not 18. In India there is a district in Maharashtra where the legal drinking age is 30. In Cambodia and Bolivia there is no minimum drinking age. In UAE and most Islamic countries there is a total ban, notwithstanding some Islamic countries take a more progressive view, Iraq has a MLDG of 21. In Spain you just need to be 16 years old to start drinking and in Germany and Belgium you can legally buy beer at 16 and other poisons at 18.

Legal drinking ages across 20 prominent countries of the world

Afganistan

Total ban

Australia

18

Argentina

18

Bahrain(Islamic State)

Illegal yet 18 for non-muslims

Cambodia

No minimum Age

Canada

18 or 19, varies from state to sate

China

No minimum Age

Central African Republic

21 yet allows liquor shop purchases from age 15

Germany

16 for beer and 18 for spirits and wines

Austria

16 or 18, varies from state to state

Haiti

16

Iceland

20

Japan

20

Maldives

Total Ban

North Korea

No information

Pakistan

Illegal and 21 for non-muslims

UAE

Total ban

USA

21

UK

18

India

18-30 varies state to state and 30 in Wardha, district of Maharashtra

 

Curbing Legal Drinking age relaxation can never stop people from drinking. People always find other crooked ways to get around such laws. More than 2 million slum children die every year in India and we are still stuck at the perfect age to touch booze.

So when the government does nothing it just shows it’s doing something by touching the entertainment & luxury issues which never caused any biggie plague to society. Is the drinking age a significant catch-22 that needs to be addressed? What do you think about this move and decision? Please share your thoughts on our comment section.

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