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Alcohol in Turkey

Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country under a secular regime. Alcohol in Turkey can be consumed from 18 years of age. Man and women combined.

* To consume with moderation

Alcohol is present everywhere, in restaurants, except those near a mosque or a school (the sales license are not being issued to them), in hotels, clubs, etc.

The sale of alcohol in stores is however regulated, the customer must be 18 years old upon presentation of an identity document, and the small trader such as “Tekel” should not normally sell alcohol after 22:00 PM until 6:00 AM.

Some laws in the country in recent years have emerged, such as blurring the said behaviours in movies and TV series, warnings on bottles especially for pregnant women and the age limit allowed. As well as commercials warning of the harmful effects of alcohol.

Alcohol in Turkey during Ramadan, restaurants, traders remain open as usual and it is therefore possible to have a drink too.

Alcohol in Turkey can be consumed unlike other Muslim countries on the terrace, without any worries or complexes. It is absolutely not frowned upon to be a woman and have a drink in Turkey.

The authorized limit for alcohol consumption in Turkey is: 0.05%
The fine will be 700 TL if offense and driving ban for 6 months.
For those exceeding 0.1%, they will be liable to 2 years of imprisonment.

There are whole streets of pubs and bars in many areas of Istanbul, such as Kadikoy, Taksim, Nisantasi, Besiktas … where alcohol flows freely.

* To consume with moderation

The cheapest Alcohol in Turkey is beer. “Happy hour” exists in almost all bars. Followed by Raki (local alcohol), wine can be expensive or even very expensive depending on the place where it is consumed.

The other alcohols like whiskey, vodka … are expensive due to their importation and the required taxes.

* To consume with moderation

Alcohol in Turkey, it is common to meet around a drink, all social levels combined, from the bourgeois to the most modest. Having fun, partying means sometimes drinking!

For more information about a Turkish Alcoholic Drink which is Raki, do not hesitate to click here!

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