The major birthday where you're from?

Discussion in 'Community' started by mgargan1, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. mgargan1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Reston, VA
    In the US, the major birthday is the 21st (that's when we can drink). When is the major birthday from people around the world?
  2. dobbin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2002
    It used to be 21 in the UK and still is for some people, but I think most people now consider 18 to be the big one. Thats also when we can drink... :D

    I seem to remember that drank 10 pints of beer on my 18th birthday and I was sick. ha!
  3. SFVCyclone macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2005
    Pasadena, Ca
    it's funny cause here in the U.S. its first 18 but then you get there and you think you still cant do a thing, so you really look forward to 21.
  4. andrewfee macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2004
    It really depends on what you're wanting to do. In the UK you can drink legally at 16, if it was purchased for you by someone over 18. You're not allowed to buy the drinks yourself until your 18 though. You can legally have sex at 16, but I believe it's 18 if you're gay. (that may have been changed recently, I don't really know)
    You can get a drivers license at 17, although there are talks of moving it up to 18. (I'd prefer 21; too many young idiots driving about too fast these days - I'm almost 19, so I wouldn't say I'm biased)

    Edit: but yeah, I suppose 18 is considered your "major" birthday.
  5. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    You can drink at 18 here in the UK. Age of sexual consent (in all combinations) is 16, except for in Northern Ireland where it's 17.
  6. 0490043 Suspended

    Mar 29, 2004
    I would said 19 here in Canada.... again, when you can drink! ;)
  7. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Zero, the year of birth, is considered pretty special too!

    Are there countries/cultures where you are considered one year old upon birth, instead of zero? I remember reading that once.
  8. mgargan1 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Reston, VA
    I'm surprised that you remember your birthday then. I certainly only remember parts of mine... haha, i remember waking up naked in the bathtub filled with water. That was a goooood 21st birthday
  9. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Not true. You can have a drink with a meal when you're 16 that someone else has bought. It has to be beer or cider (wine is allowed in Scotland) but they can't just buy you a vodka in a bar.

    Link to lots of UK legal rights regarding age
  10. sebisworld macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2003
    It could be 16 or 18 in Germany. 16 is drinking and (sadly) smoking age, but no one gives a crap about age limitations. So it is probably 18 (driving age).
    In Iceland I think it is 20 (drinking age).
  11. dvdh macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2004
    I was born in Manitoba (Canada) where the "drinking age" is 18. Now I live in Ontario where it is 19 (thank goodness I moved after I turned 19). Oddly enough, any event on Parliament Hill (federal property) goes by a federal age of 18 as opposed to Ontario's 19.

    Question: do people actually act more responsibly because they can't drink until an old age, or is someone just dreaming in thinking that it makes a difference? Certainly there is a valid argument to suggest that if someone is raised with an awareness to alcohol from a younger age (say they start drinking wine with meals at 12) they are less likely to abuse the new found "freedom" of being able to binge when they hit the legal age sometime during their 'liberation from parental authority' college/university years.

    Edit: I got my 'learners' driving license at 15.5 in Manitoba, and full license at 16.
  12. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    Well not sure about drinking, but in Mexico when a girl reaches 15 years of age it is celebrated with a Quinceanera.
  13. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    im surprised noone's mentioned this: 62. social security bitches!! lol, but seriously, ima have to go with 16 cause of driving. drinking's officially 21, but you can drink underage a lot easier than drive underage--get pulled over and you're screwed but get someone to buy you beer and get wasted at your/someone's house:p not that i do though....errm...17's good too. your stupid parents who barely let you buy m games and NO r movies purdy much have to **** about it then. don't get me started on graduated driver's licenses. so confusing and stupid!
  14. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    sry, hit stop and made changes rather than waiting for it to submit then edit....
  15. DeSnousa macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    In Australia it's 18 yrs old, in Germany i believe it's 15yrs, a exchange student told me this. From my parents country Portugal its 18yrs old but my 6yr old cousine would go to pubs all over the place to get booze for my uncle.
  16. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000


    May 30, 2004
    Madison, WI
    Well, This is a little different, but here in Wisconsin a lot of people celebrate their golden birthday. That's when your # of years equals the day of the month you were born. So like mine would be my 25th birthday because I was born on October 25th. But 21 is a big one too. It is Wisconsin, some towns have more bars than people :rolleyes:
  17. dubbz macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2003
    Alta, Norway
    How does that work? At most, the child whould be 9 months...

    Anyway, in Norway it whould be 18. You can do pretty much everything at that age... the exceptions being that you can't drive really big trucks, nor buy certain types of alchohol until you're 21. (I'm not really 100% sure about those two, though..). The big thing about 18 is probably that you can drive at that age. It's what everyone talk about. You can buy alchohol too, but that doesn't stop anyone from getting at when they're younger, so it really doesn't matter.
  18. Diatribe macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    You mean smoking age as in "hey my friends all smoke so I can too and I don't care if I am only 11"? The mean starting age of smoking in Germany is 11! So I guess that'd be special. :D
    Anyway, 18 is the big one here where you et all the big presents and most people a car.
  19. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    In France kids can drink wine, at home, at any age. What goes well with Strained peas? A nice Boujolais I think.
  20. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    You're not really considered French until the liver damage kicks in.
  21. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Eighteen seems to be the big milestone here because you're considered a legal adult.

    21's a biggy cause you can drink - well legally.
  22. zudo macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2005
    I'm really suprised that no-one has mentioned that you can vote in the uk once you're 18. 18 is the age when you become legally responsible as an adult so you can go to jail at that point too (rather than some juvenile detention centre or something). It did used to be 21 many years ago.

    I guess drinking IS more exciting than voting :)
  23. whocares macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Maybe, but IIRC the French arn't the biggest drinkers in Europe! ;)
  24. Davito macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2004
    Zurich, Switzerland
    Actually the French have the highest life expectancy in Europe. Some say, it's because they drink wine every day, but in quite small amounts, like one glass at dinner or so...
  25. tpjunkie macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Good point, voting age in america is also 18, along with being a legal adult (who cannot legally drink in any of the 50 states or Washington DC). You can also get cigarettes, lotto tickets and porn. You can gamble in casinos where alcohol is not served on the floor (Mostly on reservations).

    Then of course you've got your 21st. I don't remember much of mine, but from what I can recall, it was a hell of a lot of fun, and I didn't throw up or get sick.

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