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Many countries have regulations about when a person is old enough to buy and drink alcohol. Usually they’ll also set limits on the amount you can drink and still drive. However, not every country has the same laws. Check out our guide  and avoid getting into trouble at home or abroad.

Laws in Australia

Buying and drinking alcohol

The legal purchase age for alcohol is 18. 

If you are under 18, it is illegal:

  • to buy or try to buy alcohol
  • for someone to sell you alcohol
  • for an adult to buy alcohol on your behalf
  • to drink alcohol in a licensed venue or public place


Drinking and driving

There is some variation in the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration limit for driving. In Australia, the legal alcohol limit for drivers is 0.05. However, a zero BAC is required for:

  • drivers on a probationary licence (P plates) or learner permit (L plates)
  • bus and taxi drivers
  • drivers of trucks over 15 tonnes


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