In Greece, there's no minimum age for consumption of alcohol, but you must be 16 or over to purchase it. No one asks for identification in bars, cafes or supermarkets where you can buy just about any type of alcohol.
Social drinking is a big part of Greek life. Traditionally, Greeks drink at every meal – even young children will be given a glass of watered-down wine. But drinking to excess is frowned on. You are expected to stay "nice".
Most Greeks do this by drinking moderately and eating mezze as they go.
These subtleties of the Greek drinking culture have been missed (or deliberately abused) by some visitors.
Some Greek islands have become party destinations for young people, even if they wouldn't legally be allowed to do so at home.
Try to follow the traditional Greek way, and drink moderately. Pick a taverna close to where you're staying. Leave the quad bike at home.
While not keen to enforce the drinking age, Greek police are keen to enforce drink-driving laws. They regularly stop drivers and test their blood-alcohol content. Relative to other European countries the legal limit is quite low, blow .05 and you're over the limit.
When walking back to your accommodation, take care on the winding roads. Don't fall off the edge, and watch out for less responsible revelers (the ones on the quad bikes) coming around the bend in the dark.
If you're tempted to "go Greek" and try the ouzo (best on the rocks with seafood), be ready for the hangover. It's a particularly strong liquor, with its own special way of reminding you about the night before.
Similarly, watch out for the village specialty. Homemade spirit is technically illegal in Greece, but locals spirits are
If the bartender asks you what's your poison, he might not be joking. The beachside bars famous for serving bargain-priced drinks that might not be what's advertised on the label.
Some bars are notorious for watering-down drinks, but not with water, but pure alcohol. It's cheap for them and keeps the kick in the drink that has customers coming back for more. This practice makes it difficult to calculate exactly how much you've had to drink, and the pure alcohol may not be so pure to your system – it's extremely toxic.
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