The legal drinking age is the minimum age at which a person can legally consume alcoholic beverages. The minimum age alcohol can be legally consumed can be different from the age when it can be purchased in some countries. And some countries even have different age limits for different types of alcoholic drinks.
Most laws apply only to drinking alcohol in public places with alcohol consumption in the home being mostly unregulated. So it is important to note that our dataset comprises of the minimum drinking ages in public by country, because some countries don't have a minimum private drinking age.
Alcohol consumption in excess is linked to a number of negative outcomes like obesity, road accidents, domestic violence, overweightedness and alcoholism. Let's first get a snapshot of alcohol consumption around the world:
Now let's look at the different types of alcohol consumed in two select countries - the USA and Italy. The two countries have similar rates of consumption, but what are their inhabitants drinking? For the purpose of this post, alcohol is broken down into 3:
Alcohol consumption in the US has clearly changed over time:
As you can see above, the story for the Italians is quite different.