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Question about the drinking laws of Poland.


superkill 7 | 9
2 Feb 2011 #1
Ok I'm 16 years old and going to Poland, when I get there I will be 17. Now I am pretty sure Poland has no set "drinking age" but you have to be 18 to purchase and I was just wondering how strict Poland enforces that law. Now I'm not just going to Poland to drink, I was just curious so keep that in mind.
Ironside 50 | 11,475
2 Feb 2011 #2
Now I am pretty sure Poland has no set "drinking age"

Wrong, drinking age is 18, but you can get booze easy, piece of cake !
guesswho 4 | 1,289
2 Feb 2011 #3
but you can get booze easy, piece of cake !

hm, very "welcoming" statement. It sounds like a "great" advertising slogan "young kids, come on over to Poland, no one cares here if you get wasted, no matter how old you are".
delphiandomine 88 | 18,455
2 Feb 2011 #5
Now I'm not just going to Poland to drink, I was just curious so keep that in mind.

You can certainly drink.

But if you're caught drunk and underage, expect your parents/guardians to be fined.
smurf 39 | 1,981
2 Feb 2011 #6
should be easy enough to get booze, avoid pubs with monkeys on the door and sure if people ask you for ID in shops, I reckon you dont speak Polish so just nod and smile until they give up and let you pay for the booze.....actually what am I saying, nobody bats an eye about underage drinking here, you'll have no bother getting booze

Now I'm not just going to Poland to drink

Why not? There's fĂșck all else to do :P
Harry
2 Feb 2011 #7
I was just wondering how strict Poland enforces that law.

I go out for beers with a 17-year old a few times every month and she has never ever been asked for ID (even in the places which display signs saying that they only serve booze to people who have ID to prove their age).
wildrover 98 | 4,451
2 Feb 2011 #8
At 17 she is well old enough to decide for herself if she wants to drink alcohol , and who she wants to drink it with...

I don,t see a problem , unless she is being forced to drink it against her wishes....
puella 4 | 172
2 Feb 2011 #9
At 17 she is well old enough to decide for herself if she wants to drink alcohol , and who she wants to drink it with...

In Poland she is not and I'm not sure if giving/proposing an alcohol to unadult is not a law offend.
There is a right in Poland that person under 18 is not allowed to drink alcohol and everyone should stick to it. It's not GB where the drinking age is 16... It's just about abiding the law.
Lenka 3 | 2,714
2 Feb 2011 #10
I think it's better for her to drink 1-2 beers with responsible adult that in secret. On the other hand an adult who is drinking with teenager can be accused of demoralisation.

I'm not sure if giving/proposing an alcohol to unadult is not a law offend.
Yes,it is but it's not strictly respected.
puella 4 | 172
2 Feb 2011 #11
On the other hand an adult who is drinking with teenager can be accused of demoralisation.

exactly.

Imagine that in the USA they would be shocked that 17 year old can drink and it's acceptable...
Harry
2 Feb 2011 #12
I think it's better for her to drink 1-2 beers with responsible adult that in secret.

That's the idea. Although she's most of the time more responsible than me.

I'm not sure if giving/proposing an alcohol to unadult is not a law offend.

It might be technically possible but would require far too much work for the police to prove the case in court for them to bother with (unless she got hammered and something bad happened; even then, if she and I both stick to the line that she kept stealing my drinks and I kept telling her not to, we'd be pretty much bulletproof).

I don,t see a problem , unless she is being forced to drink it against her wishes....

Of course she is: what she really wants to do is stay at home and eat beans!
Lodz_The_Boat 32 | 1,535
2 Feb 2011 #13
Now I am pretty sure Poland has no set "drinking age" but you have to be 18 to purchase and I was just wondering how strict Poland enforces that law

Seems like this is the only reason why you go places? .. party? get drunk? ... be the most un healthy guest for any nation?

You are nothing but spoilt. Whichever country you belong to ... your parents (in together) should've done a better job with you.

My words might seem harsh ... but if a man like me finds you drinking or drunk at 16, I'll not shy from making this nonsense be realized by you in the perfect legal way that it should be.

He will at age of 17 when he'll be visiting Poland. Is this apply to 17 years old? What would you say to Harry then?? ;>>>

Everyone has got their own ways ... I've said my way.

I dislike alcohol and alcoholics ... or those who consume if saying "doh! I do it occasionally" because these things are like waves ... sometimes they take a little, but then they'll get drunk ... and then the evil starts.

Although its not my job to clear all the garbage ... but till the time he can be held to the law, it should be done ... even if its a day before the legal age.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
2 Feb 2011 #14
Although its not my job to clear all the garbage ...

Nor is it your job to decide whats garbage and whats not...

Just because you cannot use alcohol responsibly does not give you the right to condem others who can....

Its fine if you want to take your morals from the bible , but forcing your views down somebodies throat is just as repulsive as forcing alcohol down their throats....

Those of us who are going to hell , sincerly hope you will not be coming along to spoil the party..
puella 4 | 172
2 Feb 2011 #15
even if its a day before the legal age.

I remember when my friend was turning 18. She came to a pub with friends yo celebrate in the day of her birthsday and guess what! They (the pub staff) did not let her to drink untill midnight! That's true! ;DDD
Lodz_The_Boat 32 | 1,535
2 Feb 2011 #16
They (the pub staff) did not let her to drink untill midnight!

God bless those staff ... but she did drink after midnight - ofcourse her life. And ofcourse the life of her parents who let her own that late ... drinking ... at 18! ...

Anyways, perhaps different value sets...
pisaroo
2 Feb 2011 #17
but she did drink after midnight - ofcourse her life. And ofcourse the life of her parents who let her own that late ... drinking ... at 18! ...

You must be very old generation...
guesswho 4 | 1,289
2 Feb 2011 #18
against her wishes...

against her will :-)
Lenka 3 | 2,714
2 Feb 2011 #19
I remember when my friend was turning 18. She came to a pub with friends yo celebrate in the day of her birthsday and guess what! They (the pub staff) did not let her to drink untill midnight! That's true! ;DDD

This is example how law can be ridiculed. She wasn't more responsible or adult at 12 than she was at 8.
Lodz_The_Boat 32 | 1,535
2 Feb 2011 #20
You must be very old generation...

No :D ... not really :) ... and the old generation were not saints ... neither am I. Just a different value set, however practiced by more than me ... maybe not a predominant way of life these days around here ... but it is yet another way in which people like to live :). Simple, plain, yet purposeful and content.
Englishpoznan 4 | 102
2 Feb 2011 #21
I go out for beers with a 17-year old a few times every month and she

Fair play!!
grubas 12 | 1,390
3 Feb 2011 #22
"young kids, come on over to Poland, no one cares here if you get wasted,

Oh please. "young kids"?This dude is 16 y/o, not everywhere law is as ridicolous as in the US.
In the US my first girlfriend would get in troubles because I was 15 and she was 19 when I got laid for the first time.Not to mention that 18 y/o Americans can fight a war yet they can't get drunk.
guesswho 4 | 1,289
3 Feb 2011 #23
This dude is 16 y/o, not everywhere law is as ridicolous as in the US.

I wouldn't expect any other comment from a Pole as I know your drinking habits.
You know what's ridiculous, to allow a 16 yr old to get wasted, this is what I call a ridiculous law.

Not to mention that 18 y/o Americans can fight a war yet they can't get drunk.

drinking alcohol seems to be really important to you. Well, it's not to me.
Actually, I'm very much for more discipline in general, not just drinking.
grubas 12 | 1,390
3 Feb 2011 #24
I wouldn't expect any other comment from a Pole as I know your drinking habits.

Yea stereotypes, you saying you know my drinking habits?For true?You don't little girl.I don't drink AT ALL since it makes me SUPER SICK.As for habits Americans drink way more than Poles.

drinking alcohol seems to be really important to you. Well, it's not to me.

Neither to me,I rather get high.
guesswho 4 | 1,289
3 Feb 2011 #25
Yea stereotypes, you saying you know my drinking habits?For true?You don't little girl.

When I said "you" I meant Poles, fat boy.

As for habits Americans drink way more than Poles.

yeah, where you live (Polish, Chicago like neighborhood?). At least I don't see any Americans getting wasted, standing whole day long in front of some messed up "Kiosk".

I rather get high.

either way an addict (lol)
Ashleys mind 3 | 455
3 Feb 2011 #26
Ok I'm 16 years old and going to Poland, when I get there I will be 17. Now I am pretty sure Poland has no set "drinking age" but you have to be 18 to purchase and I was just wondering how strict Poland enforces that law. Now I'm not just going to Poland to drink, I was just curious so keep that in mind.

Who waits til they're the legal age anyway pray tell???

It's too hot to keep this beer cool...
guesswho 4 | 1,289
3 Feb 2011 #27
Here you can see EVERYTHING ,men and women vomiting all over the place,AMERICAN WOMEN TAKING P I S S IN THE MIDDLE OF PARKING LOT,doing crack in cars,having sex in cars,fights.You name it we got it.You didn't see anything girl.

well, you're right, where I live there's nothing like that, not even close. I feel sorry for you having to live in such a bad neighborhood.

I am only assimilating with natives.

who knows, you might be even "better" in it than them.

Class-ay! Everything in the car with you Yanks... ;)

America is not all about "slums" Ash. He stays there because he chooses to live in a Polish community, that's all. Whoever can afford it, doesn't live in the "jungle" like this in the states.

In smaller towns or in a countryside you don't see the kind of scenes he described.
Ashleys mind 3 | 455
3 Feb 2011 #28
America is not all about "slums" Ash. He stays there because he chooses to live in a Polish community, that's all. Whoever can afford it, doesn't live in the "jungle" like this in the states.
In smaller towns or in a countryside you don't see the kind of scenes he described.

I know Princess and I was only responding to his story... (I'm rational... just)

We all know you American's hold some very firm ideas about human etiquette... :)
asik 2 | 220
3 Feb 2011 #29
Get a life Lodz ... do you know that the zakazane (prohibited staff) is more dangerous then the stuff which is available and within our reach?

It is parent duty to talk to a child about the dangers in everyday life, especially about addictions etc. but it doesn't mean your child would be abstinent because you told him some facts about it.

It is in human nature to try new things and you cannot do a thing to prevent it, so stop judging others and try some different things before your mission on Earth ends; you sounds like you really need something for a change.

Back to the topic: Question about the drinking laws of poland.

In Poland the rules are like in Australia we do not have age limit for drinking or smoking but to purchase these you need to be over 18.

In Poland there is no age limit for drinking but you need to be 18 to buy alcohol in pubs or in shops.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_drinking_age

§15.1 Clearly states that buyers must be at least 18 and prove it with ID if they look like they may not be at least that age. However, drinking alcohol under 18 is not forbidden.

Similar with smoking, no age limit to smoke:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_age#Poland
OP superkill 7 | 9
3 Feb 2011 #30
Ok thanks guys and gals but to Lodz that is not the reason I am going to Poland, I'm going there for education I was just curious about it, and since the law is 18 I won't drink while I'm over there, but anyway I had another question, I play basketball over here and I love it, and I was wondering how popular the sport is over there and if there is a lot of kids that play it.


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