Anonymous asked in TravelAustraliaOther - Australia · 1 decade ago

Does Anyone Know Why The Drinking Age Is 18 In New Zealand And UK ??

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5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    I don't know about the UK, but here in Australia the drinking age was 21 up till late 60s. At the time, youths were in the compulsory 'ballot' when they reached 20 yo to determine if they were drafted to the army. Volunteers could join the armed forces from age 18.

    Protests at the time that youths were "old enough to be sent off to Vietnam, but not old enough to vote/drink" gathered weight with government, and the age was lowered.

    Source(s): Memories of the time.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    These days, in the eyes of the law, you are an adult at the age of 18.

    Therefore, you are entitled to do everything an adult does.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i would think that in the uk and new zealand, the law considers an 18 old person to be old enough to make their own decisions about whether or not to start drinking alcohol.

  • 1 decade ago

    According to the UK Police

    AGE 16

    You can drink wine or beer with a meal in a restaurant, if someone else pays.

    AGE 18

    You can BUY alcohol.

    You can drink alcohol in a pub.

    The age of majority has nothing to do with it. The age 18 was in force even when the age of Majority was 21, up until 1970, in the UK.

    Source(s): I never had an age of majority party !! When I was 18, I had to wait till I was 21 for it. But when I reached 21, they did them at age 18 !!! It wasn't fair !!!
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  • Mel
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    At 18 years old you are considered an adult, you can vote, smoke and drink.

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