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    Next year I'm going to France (specifically Marseille) to compete in an international sporting event. I was just wondering how relaxed/strict bars, restaurants etc in France are about underage drinking. I'll be a couple of months shy of my 18th and I manage to get served in most places here in the UK. Anyone got any experience here?
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    If you can get served in the UK you'll get served in France, they're pretty relaxed about it.
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    Why do you want to drink while competing? Surely that would have an adverse affect on you and your performance?

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    (Original post by Sheldor)
    Why do you want to drink while competing? Surely that would have an adverse affect on you and your performance?

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    Guessing he's thinking after. Just after a major competition is one of the only times you get a chance to go out and drink heavily in my experience and it's a good way to let off steam.
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    (Original post by Sheldor)
    Why do you want to drink while competing? Surely that would have an adverse affect on you and your performance?

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    I'm not talking about getting absolutely battered or anything. It's a sailing event and sailing is a very social sport. After you finish racing for the day everyone heads to the bar and has a few beers, it's just how it goes. As long as you're not having enough for it to affect you the next day then it's not a problem.

    Plus on the last night there will be a huge party so it would be nice to be able to drink with everyone else like I would in the UK.
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    the sailors will be three sheets to the wind ...

    don't worry about the age thing; the French are not pathétique about things like that

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    (Original post by roh)
    If you can get served in the UK you'll get served in France, they're pretty relaxed about it.
    Ahh great, thanks very much!

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    Guessing he's thinking after. Just after a major competition is one of the only times you get a chance to go out and drink heavily in my experience and it's a good way to let off steam.
    Yeah you're right, with a little bit of social drinking with dinner some nights too (not enough to be drunk or anything)

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    the sailors will be three sheets to the wind ...

    don't worry about the age thing; the French are not pathétique about things like that

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    Haha, well us sailors have got a reputation to uphold.
    Great, thanks for the advice!
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    (Original post by bad_moose)
    I'm not talking about getting absolutely battered or anything. It's a sailing event and sailing is a very social sport. After you finish racing for the day everyone heads to the bar and has a few beers, it's just how it goes. As long as you're not having enough for it to affect you the next day then it's not a problem.

    Plus on the last night there will be a huge party so it would be nice to be able to drink with everyone else like I would in the UK.
    Ah, I had this image of athletics in my head, guess I'm still in olympics mode.

    Sailing's awesome.

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    (Original post by bad_moose)
    I'm not talking about getting absolutely battered or anything. It's a sailing event and sailing is a very social sport. After you finish racing for the day everyone heads to the bar and has a few beers, it's just how it goes. As long as you're not having enough for it to affect you the next day then it's not a problem.

    Plus on the last night there will be a huge party so it would be nice to be able to drink with everyone else like I would in the UK.
    as long as they don't id to get into the pub/bar you can always get someone older to buy you a drink
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    It's no problem in France. I moved there when I was 17, and there was nowhere I couldn't get in or get served. I saw other girls there who were 16 or so. They do have a different drinking culture than the UK though so this "British" drunken behaviour is not suitable - drink with moderation.
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    when I went to France I was told that the French drink because they enjoy it, as opposed to the British image of drinking to get drunk. i'm sure if you show maturity about it (which i'm sure you will) no-one will mind
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      (Original post by bad_moose)
      Next year I'm going to France (specifically Marseille) to compete in an international sporting event. I was just wondering how relaxed/strict bars, restaurants etc in France are about underage drinking. I'll be a couple of months shy of my 18th and I manage to get served in most places here in the UK. Anyone got any experience here?
      You wil get served, no one gives to craps that said if you go to a British owned place you may as well forget it as the British owners tend to be more involved and keep within the law... the rest of us ignore the law
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      I don't find that there's a really big "binge drinking" culture in Europe like there is in the UK
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      In France I believe that the drinking age is 16 for beer and wine, 18 for spirits etc. You'll be fine, I've never been ID'd there, as long a you want to buy it and you look old enough, they'll sell it to you.
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      (Original post by bad_moose)
      Next year I'm going to France (specifically Marseille) to compete in an international sporting event. I was just wondering how relaxed/strict bars, restaurants etc in France are about underage drinking. I'll be a couple of months shy of my 18th and I manage to get served in most places here in the UK. Anyone got any experience here?
      Not sure about bars but I know that the markets and shops don't really check at all. I went there two years ago and everyone was drinking with no trouble :laugh:. I'm sure you'll be fine in bars though if you can get served here .
     
     
     
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