Lebanon Beer

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Today in 1943, Lebanon gained their Independence from France.

Lebanon
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Lebanon Breweries

Lebanon Brewery Guides

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.08%

lebanon

  • Full Name: Lebanese Republic
  • Location: Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Arabic (official), French, English, Armenian
  • Religion(s): Muslim 59.7% (Shia, Sunni, Druze, Isma’ilite, Alawite or Nusayri), Christian 39% (Maronite Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Chaldean, Assyrian, Coptic, Protestant), other 1.3% [Note: 17 religious sects recognized]
  • Capital: Beirut
  • Population: 4,140,289; 126th
  • Area: 10,400 sq km, 170th
  • Comparative Area: About 0.7 times the size of Connecticut
  • National Food: Kibbeh; tabbouleh
  • National Symbols: Phoenix; Lebanon Cedar; Baalbek, Byblos
  • Affiliations: UN, Arab League
  • Independence: From a League of Nations mandate under French administration, November 22, 1943

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 2

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  • How to Say “Beer”: beereh (biræ) / جعة / شراب من الشعير / جعة / المزر شراب نوع من الجعة / بيرة
  • How to Order a Beer: Waheed beera, meen fadleek
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Bismilah / Fi schettak or Fisehatak (“to your health”) / في صحتك
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 21%
  • Wine: 33%
  • Spirits: 46%
  • Other: <1%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 1.73
  • Unrecorded: 0.50
  • Total: 2.23
  • Beer: 0.36

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 1.73 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: N/A
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: N/A
  • Advertising Restrictions: N/A
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N/A

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Northern Cyprus Beer

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Today in 1983, Northern Cyprus gained their Independence from Cyprus, though it remains only partially recognized.

Northern Cyprus
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Northern Cyprus Breweries

Northern Cyprus Brewery Guides

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%

northern-cyprus

  • Full Name: Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Location: Middle East, island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Turkish (official), English
  • Religion(s): Muslim 98%,Christian 2%
  • Capital: Nicosia (Levkòsia)
  • Population: 294,906; 161st
  • Area: 3,355 sq km, 174th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Rhode Island
  • National Food: Fasolada
  • National Symbol: White Dove
  • Affiliations: None
  • Independence: From Cyprus, November 15, 1983

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 17
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 1

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  • How to Say “Beer”: bira
  • How to Order a Beer: N/A
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Eis Igian / Stin ijiasas / Jamas / Gia’sou
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 35%
  • Wine: 32%
  • Spirits: 32%
  • Other: 1%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: N/A
  • Unrecorded: N/A
  • Total: N/A
  • Beer: N/A

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: N/A
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: N/A
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 17
  • Sales Restrictions: N/A
  • Advertising Restrictions: N/A
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N/A

Patterns of Drinking Score: N/A

Prohibition: None

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Cambodia Beer

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Today in 1953, Cambodia gained their Independence from France.

Cambodia
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Cambodia Breweries

Cambodia Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%

cambodia

  • Full Name: Kingdom of Cambodia (f.k.a. Khmer Republic, Democratic Kampuchea, People’s Republic of Kampuchea)
  • Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos
  • Government Type: Multiparty democracy under a constitutional monarchy
  • Language: Khmer (official) 95%, French, English
  • Religion(s): Buddhist (official) 96.4%, Muslim 2.1%, other 1.3%, unspecified 0.2%
  • Capital: Phnom Penh
  • Population: 14,952,665; 68th
  • Area: 181,035 sq km, 90th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Oklahoma
  • National Food: Amok trey
  • National Symbols: Lion, Kouprey (mammal), Giant Ibis (bird), Elephant; Palmyra palm (Borassus flabellifer); Angkor Wat
  • Affiliations: UN, ASEAN
  • Independence: From France, November 9, 1953

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: None
  • BAC: 0.08%
  • Number of Breweries: 6

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  • How to Say “Beer”: Dughck / ប៊ីយេរ
  • How to Order a Beer: មួយ ប៊ីយេរ, សូម
  • How to Say “Cheers”: សន្តិយុត្ត
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 38%
  • Wine: 1%
  • Spirits: 61%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 1.77
  • Unrecorded: 3.00
  • Total: 4.77
  • Beer: 0.74

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 1.8 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Increase
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: None
  • Sales Restrictions: No
  • Advertising Restrictions: No
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Turkey Beer

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Today in 1923, Turkey gained their Independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Turkey
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Turkey Breweries

Turkey Brewery Guides

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Guild: Beer and Malt Producers´ Association of Turkey

National Regulatory Agency: General Directorate of Protection and Control (Koruma ve Kontrol Genel Müdürlüğü)

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Labels must include the following information: Name and brand of product; Name and address of producing company; Name and address of importing company; Production batch number and date; Country of origin; Net weight or volume; Ministry of Agriculture production or import license number and date; Special instructions for use, preparation, or storage; Special warnings, if applicable; and Alcohol content as a percentage (if the product contains more than 1.2 percent alcohol).

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%

turkey

  • Full Name: Republic of Turkey
  • Location: Southeastern Europe and Southwestern Asia (that portion of Turkey west of the Bosporus is geographically part of Europe), bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria
  • Government Type: Republican parliamentary democracy
  • Language: Turkish (official), Kurdish, other minority languages
  • Religion(s): Muslim 99.8% (mostly Sunni), other 0.2% (mostly Christians and Jews)
  • Capital: Ankara
  • Population: 79,749,461; 17th
  • Area: 783,562 sq km, 37th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than Texas
  • National Food: Döner Kebap
  • National Symbols: Gray Wolf; Tulip; star and crescent
  • Affiliations: UN, NATO
  • Independence: From the Ottoman Empire as successor state, October 29, 1918, celebrated as Republic Day

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18 [Note: The government has been steadily restricting alcohol in Turkey, with proposals to create alcohol-free zones, bars on alcohol sold in new packaging, bans on sports advertising, restricting sales, and making it harder to have alcohol at public events. Alcohol is still readily available and the legal age is rarely enforced in bars or convenience stores.]
  • BAC: 0.05% [Note: zero for commercial transport and public service drivers.]
  • Number of Breweries: 16

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  • How to Say “Beer”: bira / slang: arpa suyu
  • How to Order a Beer: Beer beer-ah, luht-fen
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Serefe (“to honor”) / Sagliginiza (“to your health”) / şerefe
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 60%
  • Wine: 5%
  • Spirits: 35%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 1.37
  • Unrecorded: 0.50
  • Total: 1.87
  • Beer: 0.24

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 1.4 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Places, specific events, petrol stations
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Sales promotion

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Turkmenistan Beer

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Today in 1991, Turkmenistan gained their Independence from the USSR.

Turkmenistan
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Turkmenistan Breweries

Turkmenistan Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.033%

turkmenistan

  • Full Name: Turkmenistan
  • Location: Central Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, between Iran and Kazakhstan
  • Government Type: Secular democracy and a presidential republic; but in reality displays authoritarian presidential rule, with power concentrated within the presidential administration
  • Language: Turkmen (official) 72%, Russian 12%, Uzbek 9%, other 7%
  • Religion(s): Muslim 89%, Eastern Orthodox 9%, unknown 2%
  • Capital: Ashgabat (Ashkhabad)
  • Population: 5,054,828; 118th
  • Area: 488,100 sq km, 53rd
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than California
  • National Food: Palaw
  • National Symbols: Five carpet guls; Akhal-Teke horse
  • Affiliations: UN, CIS
  • Independence: From the USSR, October 27, 1991

turkmenistan-coa

  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.033%
  • Number of Breweries: 5

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  • How to Say “Beer”: piwa
  • How to Order a Beer: ÿekelik piwa, ÿaranmak
  • How to Say “Cheers”: saglyk
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 9%
  • Wine: 39%
  • Spirits: 52%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 2.33
  • Unrecorded: 2.30
  • Total: 4.63
  • Beer: 0.21

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 2.3 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: N/A
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: N/A
  • Advertising Restrictions: N/A
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N/A

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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How To Win The Battle For The Last Beer

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San Diego Brewing tweeted this cool ad for Tiger Beer, which they called a “funny commercial for crappy beer.” I don’t think of Tiger as a great beer certainly, more a middle-of-the-road industrial lager. But I may be biased since they had the good sense to make custom View-Master reels a few years ago. At any rate, the commercial is pretty clever, even if it may not make you rush out for some of the beer.

South Ossetia Beer

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Today in 1990, South Ossetia declared their Independence from Georgia, though it remains unrecognized by most nations.

South Ossetia
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South Ossetia Breweries

South Ossetia Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.08%

Beer in Ossetian Mythology: Uacilla (Уацилла; “Saint Elijah”). Also spelled Wasilla. God of rain, thunder and lightning. As protector of the harvest he is known as Хоры Уацилла (Hory Uacilla, “Uacilla of the wheat”). Anyone struck by lightning was considered chosen by the god and, if they survived, a sheep was sacrificed in their honor. His festival was celebrated in the summer with the sacrifice of a lamb and a bull and the drinking of specially brewed beer. On that day women baked bread in silence as a mark of reverence.

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  • Full Name: Republic of South Ossetia
  • Location: Southwestern Asia, bordering the Black Sea, between Turkey and Russia
  • Government Type: Semi-presidential Republic
  • Language: Ossetic, Georgian, Russian
  • Religion(s): Russian Orthodox, Georgian Apostolic, Muslim, and traditional Pagan religions, especially Etseg Din
  • Capital: Tskhinvali
  • Population: 72,000
  • Area: 3,900 sq km
  • National Foods: fyjjyn (a cake with meat), wælîbækh (a cake with cheese)
  • National Symbol: Golden Snow Leopard
  • Affiliations: None
  • Independence: From Georgia, declared September 20, 1990 / declared again November 28, 1991 / recognized by a few countries, August 26, 2008

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 16
  • BAC: 0.08%
  • Number of Breweries: 1

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  • How to Say “Beer”: bæegæny
  • How to Order a Beer: N/A
  • How to Say “Cheers”: N/A
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 85%
  • Wine: <1%
  • Spirits: 10%
  • Other: 5%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: N/A
  • Unrecorded: N/A
  • Total: N/A
  • Beer: N/A

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: N/A
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Sales Restrictions: N/A
  • Advertising Restrictions: N/A
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N/A

Patterns of Drinking Score: N/A

Prohibition: None

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Tajikstan Beer

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Today in 1991, Tajikstan gained their Independence from the USSR.

Tajikstan
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Tajikstan Breweries

Tajikstan Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC Not Known, but law enforcement has recently started cracking down on offenders

Tajikistan

  • Full Name: Republic of Tajikistan
  • Location: Central Asia, west of China, south of Kyrgyzstan
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Tajik (official), Russian widely used in government and business
  • Religion(s): Sunni Muslim 85%, Shia Muslim 5%, other 10%
  • Capital: Dushanbe
  • Population: 7,768,385; 96th
  • Area: 143,100 sq km, 96th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Wisconsin
  • National Food: O’sh
  • National Symbol: Crown and seven stars in a semicircle
  • Affiliations: UN, CIS
  • Independence: From the Soviet Union, September 9, 1991

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 21 (Off-limits to the Muslim majority)
  • BAC: Not known
  • Label Requirements: N/A
  • Number of Breweries: 7

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  • How to Say “Beer”: pivo / пиво
  • How to Order a Beer: як пиво, Аҳамияти
  • How to Say “Cheers”: N/A
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 21%
  • Wine: 5%
  • Spirits: 74%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 0.39
  • Unrecorded: 3.00
  • Total: 3.39
  • Beer: 0.08

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 0.4 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Decrease
  • Excise Taxes: N/A
  • Minimum Age: 21
  • Sales Restrictions: N/A
  • Advertising Restrictions: N/A
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N/A

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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North Korea Beer

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Today in 1948, North Korea declared their Independence from Korea.

North Korea
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North Korea Breweries

North Korea Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC N/A

north-korea

  • Full Name: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Location: Eastern Asia, northern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan, between China and South Korea
  • Government Type: Communist state one-man dictatorship
  • Language: Korean
  • Religion(s): Traditionally Buddhist and Confucianist, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way). Note: autonomous religious activities now almost nonexistent; government-sponsored religious groups exist to provide illusion of religious freedom
  • Capital: Pyongyang
  • Population: 24,589,122; 49th
  • Area: 120,538 sq km, 99th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Mississippi
  • National Food: Kimchi
  • National Symbols: Korean Tiger; Magnolia; Red Star
  • Affiliations: UN
  • Independence: Founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), September 9, 1948 / From Japan, August 15, 1945

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18 (Alcoholic beverages are served on Saturdays)
  • BAC: N/A
  • Label Requirements: N/A
  • Number of Breweries: 1

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  • How to Say “Beer”: mek-ju (maek-joo) / 맥주 / 발포성 음료
  • How to Order a Beer: N/A
  • How to Say “Cheers”: N/A
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: N/A
  • Wine: N/A
  • Spirits: N/A
  • Other: N/A

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: N/A
  • Unrecorded: N/A
  • Total: N/A
  • Beer: N/A

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: N/A
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: N/A
  • Excise Taxes: N/A
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: N/A
  • Advertising Restrictions: N/A
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: N/A

Patterns of Drinking Score: N/A

Prohibition: None

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Vietnam Beer

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Today in 1945, Vietnam gained their Independence from France and Japan.

Vietnam
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Vietnam Breweries

Vietnam Brewery Guides

Other Guides

Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC No Limit

vietnam

  • Full Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, as well as China, Laos, and Cambodia
  • Government Type: Communist state
  • Language: Vietnamese (official), English (increasingly favored as a second language), some French, Chinese, and Khmer, mountain area languages (Mon-Khmer and Malayo-Polynesian)
  • Religion(s): Buddhist 9.3%, Catholic 6.7%, Hoa Hao 1.5%, Cao Dai 1.1%, Protestant 0.5%, Muslim 0.1%, none 80.8%
  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Population: 91,519,289; 13th
  • Area: 331,210 sq km, 66th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than New Mexico
  • National Food: Phở
  • National Symbol: Water Buffalo, Dragon; Lotus; Bamboo, Rice; Vietnamese waterbird (Lac bird), Dong Son drums; Vietnamese waterbird (chim lạc), Vietnamese golden turtle (kim quy)
  • Affiliations: UN, ASEAN
  • Independence: From France, September 2, 1945

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: None (to drink); 18 (to buy)
  • BAC: No Limit
  • Number of Breweries: 17

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  • How to Say “Beer”: bia / rượu
  • How to Order a Beer: một bia,
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Can chén [North V.] / Can ly [South V.] / Chia / Cung ly (gumm lee)
  • Toasting Etiquette: A typical toast would be “To your health!” It is always best to allow the Vietnamese host to make the toast. It is most appropriate to suggest that the highest-ranking Vietnamese at the table make the toast, even if the foreign visitor is the host of the evening.

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 97%
  • Wine: <1%
  • Spirits: 2%
  • Other: 1%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 1.07
  • Unrecorded: 2.70
  • Total: 3.77
  • Beer: 1.13

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 1.1 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Increase
  • Excise Taxes: N/A
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Places
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Sales promotions

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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