Bali Drinking Age

The legal drinking age in Bali is 21 years old. This law applies to all alcoholic beverages, whether it’s Bali’s local rice wine, beer, or international spirits. Drinking underage in Bali and in Indonesia can lead to serious consequences.

Some forums say it’s acceptable to drink underage. They might encourage you to dress like an adult, drink moderately, or use fake IDs. They might also promise that no one in Bali checks IDs.

It’s important to always follow the law in Bali.

Locals and tourists might be tempted to cross the line. That’s why we’re addressing this topic: to explain why the drinking age matters and to guide you on what to do if someone you know faces legal issues due to underage drinking in Bali.

  1. Safety First

Bali’s authorities want to ensure people can handle alcohol responsibly

Young people’s brains and bodies are still developing, unlike fully grown adults. They’re more vulnerable to alcohol’s negative effects.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a prominent U.S. health agency, underage drinking can lead to: 

  • Social issues like more school absences and lower grades.
  • Legal issues like drunk driving. Such concerns can endanger both the drinker and others.
  • Injuries like alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, burns, falls, or drowning.
  • Alcohol-related violence, accidents, and misuse of other drugs.
  • Slower brain development. They can affect memory and learning.
  • Increased chances of Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and unplanned pregnancies from unprotected sex.

While adults over 21 can also act recklessly under alcohol’s influence, younger people might be more prone to risky behaviour due to their stage in life.

Countries set different legal drinking ages. In some countries, the minimum legal age limit is 18. However, in Bali, the authorities expect everyone to follow the law to ensure safety.

  1. Legal Compliance

Bali’s authorities enforce the drinking age rule strictly. They set varying punishments for underage drinking based on the circumstances.

Why ruin your holiday with a bad decision made in the heat of the moment?

Just as traffic rules and conventions differ from country to country, so do drinking laws. You wouldn’t ignore traffic signals just because you’re on holiday, so why ignore the legal drinking age?

  1. Respecting Local Culture and Laws

Heard the saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”? In other words, when you’re in a new place, follow its rules and customs

The reasons go beyond just staying safe and avoiding legal issues. It’s also about being a thoughtful traveller and showing respect for the local culture.

For example, Balinese traditions forbid youngsters from drinking Arak — a locally distilled spirit. This is even though this spirit symbolises Balinese identity. Locals often use it in religious ceremonies.

What Happens if You Drink Alcohol Under 21 in Indonesia?

You are liable to face any of the following consequences if you drink underage in Bali.

  1. Fines

You could be fined a substantial amount. The amount can vary depending on the offence or circumstances

If you’re caught drinking in a bar or restaurant, the fine might be lower. But if you’re involved in causing a disturbance or breaking other laws, the fine can be much higher.

  1. Legal Charges

Authorities may file charges against you. You may need to appear in court. Legal charges might include violations of local alcohol laws or public disturbance

You could face fines, community service, or other legal repercussions. This could lead to a legal record, which might impact future travel or visa applications.

  1. Record of Violation

The authorities might record your details. This can affect your reputation, reflect poorly on your country, and affect future travel or visa applications.

  1. Deportation

You can be deported if you’re a repeat offender, get into fights or break other laws. If authorities are convinced you’re a threat to public safety, they might deport you and ban you from re-entering Indonesia for a period.

  1. Detainment

You might be detained if authorities believe you are a threat or if your situation needs further investigation. This can be stressful and inconvenient.

What To Do if You’re Caught Drinking Underage in Bali?

  1. Stay Calm and Comply

Be polite and cooperative. If a police officer asks for your ID, show it promptly and answer their questions. Arguing or acting out will only make things worse.

  1. Follow Legal Procedures

You must follow all legal requirements, whether it’s paying fines or attending court. Ignoring these responsibilities can aggravate your situation.

  1. Contact Your Embassy or Consulate

Reach out to your country’s official representatives in Bali. They can guide you in understanding your rights in Bali. They can also provide a list of local legal professionals if you’re facing a fine or court hearing. A lawyer can help you understand the legal process. They represent you and negotiate on your behalf to reduce penalties.

FAQs

  1. Do authorities check IDs for alcohol in Bali?

Yes, bars, restaurants, and even some shops can ask for your ID to verify your age.

  1. What do I do if I’m invited to a party where alcohol will be served but I’m under 21?

You can decline the invitation or avoid consuming alcohol at the party. Let the host know in advance about your decision so they might stock non-alcoholic beverages for you.

  1. What are some common misconceptions tourists have regarding the drinking age in Bali?

Many tourists think they can get away with underage drinking if they’re discreet, look older, or are in a private setting. Another misconception is that the rules don’t apply to them because they’re on holiday.

  1. Can I be fined if I’m just holding an alcoholic drink but not consuming it?

Yes, you can still be fined or face legal trouble for holding alcohol under the legal drinking age.

  1. Is it possible to get leniency if it’s my first offence?

Leniency can vary based on the situation and the authorities involved. However, first-time offenders can still face serious consequences, including fines, legal charges, and potential deportation.

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15:32 28 Jun 24
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15:28 28 Jun 24
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05:29 30 May 24
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15:05 27 May 24
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03:32 17 Apr 24
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21:02 28 Feb 24
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20:48 22 Feb 24
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13:23 18 Jan 24
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19:09 28 Oct 23
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