Rohnert Park, CA (PressExposure) June 17, 2009 -- Almost every nation in the world consumes alcoholic beverages. In most of these countries, alcohol is legal for consumption. However, majority of them also have laws regarding regulation of production, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
According to a California drug rehab center, some countries still prohibit the production and consumption of alcoholic beverages. In fact, the United States also had its own prohibition from 1920 to 1933. During this prohibition era, the manufacture, sale, transport, and consumption of alcoholic beverages were illegal throughout the United States. It was very unpopular among the people and there was widespread respect for the law as shown by the number of people getting alcoholic beverages from illegal sources. The illegal sale of alcoholic beverages became a very lucrative business and led to the development of organized crimes.
An expert from a California drug rehab center adds that the history of prohibition is not exclusive to the United States because the Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland) also had a period of prohibition of alcohol in the early 20th century as a result of social democratic campaigning. However, it was also largely unpopular, resulting to a large-scale smuggling of spirits. Until now, Muslim countries prohibit alcohol for religious reasons.
Most states in the United States and in some European countries prohibit drinking in public places. However, in some countries like Germany, it is legal.
There is a legal drinking age in most countries. It should be noted that in some countries the minimum age for drinking is not the same as the minimum age for purchasing alcohol. The minimum age of a person buying any type of alcoholic beverage is often strictly enforced. According to a California drug rehab center, the minimum age for consuming alcohol however, cannot be strictly enforced because some parents and guardians allow their children to consume alcohol even if they are younger than the legal drinking age. Below are some of the minimum ages for purchase of alcohol.
* 16 years old â Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, France, Portugal, Italy, Denmark * 18 years old â Argentina, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Finland, Norway * 20 years old â Japan, Iceland, Sweden * 21 years old â United States