Alcohol consumption in Esquarium
This article describes the cultural norms and laws regarding alcohol consumption in Esquarium.
Alcohol consumption by country
Alcohol consumption is common in Aucuria. The most popular alcoholic beverage in the country is beer, particularly wheat beers, rye beers, and stouts; mead is also quite popular within the country. A uniquely Aucurian alcoholic beverage is gira, made using rye bread and flavored with fruits and mint. The most popular distilled beverage within Aucuria is vodka, known locally as degtinė.
Alcohol consumption in Lecia is widespread. The country has a long tradition of producing and consuming beer from barley and wheat, wine from grapes, and distilled spirits such as vodka and pálenka. The country is also known for masłanka, a fermented milk beverage similar to kumis, which is only mildly alcoholic. In recent years, the Lecian government has sought to discourage alcohol consumption by increasing the prices of alcoholic beverages and stringently restricting their sale; however, these efforts have been largely unsuccessful in the face of underground production.
Montecara has high rates of alcohol consumption, which is partly a function of its wealth and partly due to a long tradition of both exporting and importing large quantities of alcohol. Fortified wines are particularly popular given their ability to travel well; Montecara is famous for its xàca, a fortified wine made from white grapes. The popularity of imported, well-hopped cask ales served in birrerià is also a legacy of the sea trade.
Alcohol consumption is very common in Nunalik, as the harsh winters and low career advancement possibility leave many requiring an escape method. While in pre-contact times the Aalaaniaq were known to ferment musk ox milk and mare's milk, this was on a limited scale and usually for religious use only. The arrival of the Ostrovans from Razaria brought with it the practice of making rakija and vodka, which became extremely popular amongst the Aalaaniaq. While local production of such spirits is limited by the dearth of agricultural land to grow grains to make them, they are often imported from Razaria and other nations. Traditional Tuthinan liqueurs were less popular, as the cost of importing them was too much.
Senria is famous for its traditional alcoholic beverages, particularly sake, a form of rice wine, and soutou, a distilled beverage made from rice, barley, or brown sugar. Beer production, largely influenced by Sjealandic pilsners and lagers, began in Senria in the 1870s; the production of Nordanian distilled beverages such as whiskey took off in Senria in the mid-20th century. Senria is also known for happousu, a type of beer-like beverage with low malt content, and for alcopop. Senria's largest manufacturer of alcoholic beverages is Subarasi Breweries.
The age Sjealandians begin to drink is 13.6. The most common drink by volume consumed is beer, especially the pilsner variant, with Snaps and Akvavit being the most popular liquors, sharply followed by Pisang Ambon. The youth of Sjealand are amongst the heaviest drinkers in the world, with alcohol consumption falling with age. The average Sjealandian consimes 12.3 litres of pure alcohol per year.
Siphria is home to some of the earliest-known production of beer and wine within Esquarium, with evidence of the production of both in Siphria dating as far back as the 4500s BCE, and the production and consumption of both remains popular in Siphria into the present. Other popular alcoholic beverages in Siphria include mead; kurunnu, a type of date wine; araqu, a distilled liquor made from anise; and khiltsu, a spirit distilled from fruits or berries.
Shaojiu (白酒) is the most popular alcoholic beverage followed by various beers.
The legal drinking age in countries of Esquarium are the age at which a person can legally consume or purchase alcoholic beverages.
The minimum age alcohol can be legally consumed can be different from the age when it can be purchased in some countries. Some countries also have different age limits for different types of alcoholic drinks. In other countries, it is not illegal for minors to drink alcohol, but the alcohol can be seized without compensation. In some cases, it is illegal to sell or give alcohol to minors.
The following list indicates the age of the person for whom it is legal to consume and purchase alcohol.
|Drinking age||Purchase age|
|Ainin||None||The sale of alcohol is unregulated by national law, but as a result of provincial and private sector incentives, most stores and dining establishments have implemented policies not to sell liquor to individuals under the age of 16. A 2016 National Police study reported that enforcement of such policies is inconsistent and generally poor.|
|Aucuria||16 (none if under presence of parent or legal guardian)||18||Those under 16 may only consume alcohol if a parent or legal guardian is present; the sale of alcohol to those under 18 is prohibited.|
|Katranjiev||None||16||There is no age requirement to drink alcohol in Katranjiev, but there are laws prohibiting minors from buying alcohol. Shops are required to ask for ID for customers that look under the age of 30.|
|Montecara||None||16 (with meals)
18 (off premises)
|There is no "drinking age" per se in Montecara. Children of all ages are allowed to drink alcohol given by their parents or guardians, and may order alcohol themselves with a meal starting at age 16. The legal age for off-premises purchase is 18.|
|Senria||none||20||The sale of alcohol to those under the age of 20 is prohibited, and stores are legally required to ask for ID for customers that look under 30. There are, however, no laws barring those under this age from drinking.|
|Tuthina||None||There are no legal restrictions of age on purchase and consumption for alcohol in the Most Serene Empire, as determining whether children can drink alcohol traditionally falls into the purview of their parents, who judge it based on individual circumstance.|
|Vasturia||None||13 (≤16.5% ABV)
16 (>16.5% ABV)
|Vasturia is considered to have some of the most liberal drinking laws in the world; all children are permitted to consume alcohol if permitted to do so by their legal guardians or other recognised adult authority figures (such as teachers, physicians, or religious leaders), may purchase up to six glasses (or one bottle) of alcohol less than 16.5% ABV starting at age 13 without the authorisation of adult authority figures, and may purchase alcohol as they please at age 16. Furthermore, although theoretically allowed to do so, the vast majority of privately-owned stores do not have policies restricting alcohol consumption beyond the legal requirements.|
|Wosrac||14||16||While you can only purchase alcohol once 16 in Wosrac, taverns can serve up to 3 pints of any drink under 6% to 14 and 15 year olds if they are supervised by a parent/guardian or older sibling.|
|Xiaodong||18||The minimum age for the consumption and purchasing of alcohol is 18, with ID needed to be shown at purchase regardless of age. However, regulations on alcohol are weakly enforced in most parts of the country, especially rural areas.|