Drinking age in London Paris Rome

Jul 17th, 2007, 08:51 AM
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Drinking age in London Paris Rome

Inquiring minds want to know if they can have a glass of wine with dinner at a restaurant in London, Paris or Rome.

Our answer: "If it's legal, maybe."

Now to find out whether it is legal ...

Can someone help?

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Jul 17th, 2007, 08:55 AM
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With a meal in London - 14. On its own -18.
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Jul 17th, 2007, 09:07 AM
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it seems any age can drink at restaurants in France with adults there.

officially age for beer and wine in France is 16 but that's rarely enforced - my French son was buying beer at his local Carrefour when he was 14 and noone ever checked.

18 for spirits but again son was buying at supermarket much earlier.

London wouldn't seem to dictate wine because it's not a wine culture but in France and Italy is practically the first course of a meal.

Rome i think is similar to France. 16 seems to be rather universal age for wine and beer on the Continent
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Jul 17th, 2007, 09:14 AM
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With parents (or other adults) in a restaurant, children can consume wine, beer, cider (but not spirits) from age 14.
On their own in a restaurant or a restaurant area of a pub (away from the bar area), 16 year-olds can buy wine, beer, cider etc with their meal.
From age 18 they are free to buy alcoholic drink including spirits on a licensed premise.
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