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  1. Jersey Joe profile image50
    Jersey Joeposted 8 years ago

    When I was in England, in the U.S. Air Force. I was 19. And I went out to  a pub with a couple of friends. I saw what looked like 16 year old guys in there drinking. I was surprised. I was more surprised when I asked the bartender, how old to you have to be to drink here, and he said, if your old enough to walk up to the bar, your old enough to drink. Well

    1. IzzyM profile image89
      IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      30/40 years ago as un 'under' I used to get served but that all changed in the following decade or so. It was illegal then too - had to be 18. In the following 10 years or so they became really strict about it as they are today. Some pubs won't even serve you if you're under 21.

  2. bearnmom profile image65
    bearnmomposted 8 years ago

    That is very interesting information.  Why don't you expand on that idea and report on your findings in that area around the world.  It would also be interesting to know how you feel about that philosophy since you appear to be somewhat older than 19 now.  Do you still think it is cool to be able to walk into and drink in a pub at 16 years of age?  Let us all know what you think and what else you have found interesting around the world on this subject.

    1. IzzyM profile image89
      IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Here in Spain up till about 5/6 years ago it was legal to drink alchohol under 18. I think the rule was you had to be 16, and then only restrictd to beer or wine, but in reality everyone drank what they wanted.
      I used to run a bar in Benidorm, and British holidaymakers used to come in expecting me to serve their youngsters. One mother walked out because I wouldn't serve her 10 year old an alcopop!(Think she asked for a bacardi breezer. Not worth my licence but not only that, it is certainly not good for 10 year olds!

      1. bearnmom profile image65
        bearnmomposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        That was my point.  It really isn't cool to serve adolescents at home or in public.  I belong to an organization (Elks) that have a program against Drugs in the U.S.  I believe that nicotine and beer are drugs so I refuse to be responsible for giving either to a teen.  Call me old fashioned but that's me.

  3. WriteAngled profile image83
    WriteAngledposted 8 years ago

    The legal age to buy alcohol in the UK is 18. Kids aged 16 and over can have one glass of wine, beer or cider with a meal in a pub or restaurant if this is ordered by an adult.

    Selling drink to under-age kids could cost a pub its licence. 

    Many pubs now require some form of ID if they suspect someone is under-age. However, kids do get away with it in laxer places.

    Parents can give alcohol to children at home from the age of 5. Giving alcohol to under-5s is illegal. However, I remember my mum telling me how my dad took me out visiting and I was given cherry brandy when I was 2!

  4. EmpressFelicity profile image74
    EmpressFelicityposted 8 years ago

    In Britain it's illegal to drink or be served alcohol in a pub if you're under 18.  So if a publican serves alcohol to someone under age, they're breaking the law.

  5. kirstenblog profile image78
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    A kid at the school I work at told me a story about when she was little, 1-2 years old, her dad was holding her and talking with a friend.  Somehow she stole her dads beer and drank it. She is a really funny and cool kid and I am sure her family teases her about it and its a family story. Not sure how she could pinch his beer but it makes for a funny family story smile

    1. bearnmom profile image65
      bearnmomposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I can relate to this one too.  When Bear was a lot younger and his girls were like 2, 5 and 8 he used to boat on the Allegheny River.  Going from a lower pool to an upper pool you had to take your boat through the locks.  He was getting ready to tie up his boat in the locks and handed his beer to his 2 year old to hold for him.  When he was done tying up the boat the beer was empty.  That daughter was always good for stealing her Dad's beer.  When he opened another she asked for a sip.  Come on do you really think Daddy is going to knowingly give you beer.  BUT, my Dad did.  We were allowed to sip the foam off the top of his mug but that was all.

  6. marcofratelli profile image71
    marcofratelliposted 8 years ago

    Underage drinking is frowned upon in Australia. There are big fines if people are caught supplying alcohol to minors. They can however supply alcohol to miners.

    You should write hubs on pubs. Matter of fact, you should write a hub in a pub! I'm sure both would make for interesting reading smile