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Legal Drinking Age in Africa

Legal Drinking Age in Africa

Legal Drinking Age in Africa


There are seven African countries that have no official minimum legal drinking ages and no restrictions.

Legal drinking age in Africa varies between no minimum age to 15, 18, 21 or alcohol is illegal to serve and drink. 


Ginger beer is widely home-brewed and consumed throughout Africa. The name ginger beer is actually a misleading term, as most commercial ginger beer is a soft drink and contains no alcohol such as the popular Coca-Cola South African Stoney Ginger Beer. Home brewed ginger beer and other fermented drinks may have low alcohol levels as compared to commercial African breweries.


Legal drinking age in Africa varies between no minimum age to 15, 18, 21 or alcohol is illegal to serve and drink.

The legal drinking age in South Africa is 18, however mostly all Muslims prohibit Muslims and non-Muslims, from drinking alcohol at any age, due to Islam forbidding the consumption of alcohol. Libya, Mauritania, Somalia, and Sudan are the four African countries that forbid drinking alcohol of any form. Alcohol is illegal for Muslims and purchase by others is highly restricted. Non-Muslim tourists are allowed to bring two bottles of alcohol for personal use.

There are seven African countries that have no official minimum legal drinking ages and no restrictions as listed by the World Health Organization (WHO);  Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, and Togo. The remaining 43 African countries drinking ages vary between the ages of 15-21 or no information was provided. 


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Chart of legal drinking ages in Africa






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