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What’s the Legal Drinking Age in Greece for tourists?

Legal Drinking Age in Greece is 18 or over to purchase it. There’s no minimum age for consumption of alcohol, no one asks for identification in bars, cafes or supermarkets where you can buy just about any type of alcohol. But do not drive while you drunk!

How to Drink Legally in Greece

There is no legal drinking age in Greece if you are drinking in private. However, if you want to purchase alcohol and drink in public, you must be 18 years of age. That’s the law, at least, although it isn’t always strictly enforced.

Drinking Culture in Greece

Social drinking is a big part of Greek life. Traditionally, Greeks drink at every meal – even young children will be given a glass of watered-down wine. But drinking to excess is frowned on. You are expected to stay “nice”.

Legal Limit for Drinking and Driving in Greece

The legal limit is lower in Greece than in the United States or the United Kingdom. Just 0.05 will classify you as legally drunk, compared to 0.08 in the United States and England. If you’re arrested for drunk driving in Greece, you need to pay the fine, which can be hundreds of Euros. Even if you believe you can drive perfectly well while intoxicated, the equally drunk guy in the other car may not be so talented.

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