What is Legal Drinking Age in Brazil?
Knowing the legal age to drink alcohol in the country that you’re going to is very important and can help you avoid a lot of problems. As each country counts with a different law to treat this matter, doing a little research before traveling is an excellent practice.
18 years is the legal drinking age in Brazil. Differently than other places where is 21, at 18 years old anyone can drink and buy any type of alcohol in the entire extension of the Brazilian territory.
This way, for example, even if you’re not allowed to drink in the US, where the legal drinking age is 21, you can drink legally during your stay in Brazil. Although, you need to be careful because some laws are different around here.
At 18 You’re Free to Drink (Even as A Tourist)
Even as a tourist, at the age of 18 you’re legally allowed to buy and drink any type of alcohol in the entire extension of the Brazilian territory. It includes bars, restaurants, markets, street vendors, and more.
As in some countries the legal drinking age is higher (as in the US for example, where it’s 21), some people may get confused if they are allowed to drink in Brazil. In this case, the answer still the same, in Brazilian territory the only requirement is being old enough to drink complying with the law (18 years).
By the law, any business selling alcohol should confirm the age of the customer by an official ID document, but unfortunately, it’s very rare for someone to ask for the ID of a person buying alcohol here in Brazil.
That’s why it’s common to see people selling alcohol to teenagers, but this is a well-known problem that does not occur only in Brazil. Sad but true.
I’ve been buying alcohol in Brazil for more than a decade now and I never showed my ID to anyone, not even once. I got really surprised the first time I went to the US and people asked my ID literally everywhere when I tried to buy beer or a shot of whisky.
“Zero Tolerance” for Drinking and Driving
Drinking and driving is a subject that is treated differently all over the world, so it’s important to understand the Brazilian law about it before traveling.
Brazil’s rules about drinking and driving are considered severe. The country adopts a law called “Lei Seca” (Dry Law), a zero-tolerance policy regarding drinking and driving.
There is a tolerated blood alcohol limit just to consider the error margin of the pieces of equipment used to measure (such as breathalyzers), but this number is very low.
When it was first sanctioned, considering breathalyzer results, the law used to allow a driver to show up to 0.1 mg/l of alcohol per liter of blood, but nowadays the number is 0.05 mg/l.
In blood tests, it used to allow up to 2 decigrams of alcohol but now is zero tolerance.
The driver who ingests any quantity of alcoholic beverages and is subjected to traffic inspection is subject to a fine, considered very serious, of about 550 USD (R$ 2,934.70).
Besides that, the car will be seized and the suspension of the right to drive (in Brazil if you’re a tourist) for 12 months. In the event of a repeat offense, the fine is doubled.
When the driver is really drunk, with alcohol levels above 0.3 mg/l, the driver is at risk of being arrested for a detention period of 6 months to 1 year.
Top 5 Most Popular Beers in Brazil
The queen of Brazilian beer, Skol can be found in most bars, and is a hit with connoisseurs, mainly for its affordable price.
Skol Pilsen is a typical light beer, with a refined aroma and light and mild flavor. Its bitterness content is less pronounced and its alcohol content is medium.
Considered the most popular and richest brand in the segment in Brazilian commerce (valued at 8,146 billion dollars), Skol occupies the fifth position in the world market, with an influence of 2.2% in sales.
Known for its smoothness, this beer is produced by Ambev and won the silver medal in the ranking of the most popular beer brands in Brazil, this beer appeals to all types of audiences.
Brahma has been in Brazil since 1888. It was born in Sapucaí, Rio de Janeiro. And from there it grew to the world, to take the authentic taste of Brazilian beer, with creamy and persistent foam, bitterness present and slightly full-bodied.
Despite being entirely Brazilian, it is also present in several countries, such as Belgium, Russia, United States, China, Holland, Ireland, Ukraine, France, England, and throughout Latin America.
The classic Antarctica Original Beer has been recognized for preserving its essence, tradition, and quality since 1931. An American Lager with a mild flavor, slight bitterness and hop aroma, in addition to unique freshness – guaranteed by its high carbonation.
This is my favorite beer in Brazil.
The traditional 600ml version is ideal for sharing with friends. Complement the fraternization by harmonizing the flavor of Original with snacks, breaded cheeses, fried squid, salami, and pizza.
Quite popular, an Itaipava was created in 1993 and has already found a little place at the table. Originally available in Petrópolis, in Rio de Janeiro, this beer brand tends to be very present as a sponsor in automobile events.
It’s not the best beer you’ll try in Brazil but is one of the most affordable. Probably that’s the main reason why Itaipava is so popular.
Also from Petrópolis, in Rio de Janeiro, Bohemia was created by a German master in 1853. The manufacturer of Bohemia is the Brazilian company Cervejaria Bohemia, the first in Brazil.
From the beginning, this drink preserved details of the German beers of that time, but over time, these details of strong and bitter taste in German pattern have been modified, with more lightness and less bitterness.
Bohemia’s slogans are very interesting and popular across the country such as, “The first beer in Brazil”, “Since 1853”, “150 years ago the same pleasure”. In addition to an excellent beer, Bohemia is part of the Brazilian tradition.
Following the tips from this article, you’ll be ready to enjoy the best beers and drinks in Brazil as long you’re at least 18 years old.
Also, don’t forget about the “Dry Law”. If you’re out for a drink, get an Uber or the Subway to go home. Not only because of the Brazilian laws but because it’s the safest way and the right thing to do.
That being said, I hope you have found helpful advice from my tips on What is Legal Drinking Age in Brazil.
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