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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 the Canada

Buying and drinking alcohol

The drinking and purchase age for alcohol is 18 in the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec and 19 in the rest of the country.  Please be aware that there are some caveats – see  see below: 

If you are below the legal drinking age in the province, it is illegal:

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


Drinking and driving

The legal Blood Alcohol Concentration limit for driving across  Canada is .08 (80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood).


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