Interesting article. Where I live (Hungary), you are legally permitted to buy alcohol from the age of 18. But it’s easy to circumvent, really rare that anyone cares about it. Hence my first half-drunkedness was at the age of (almost) 14. There were some nasty nights ever since. I am now (almost) 31, sometimes I drink, much-much less and rarely than in my teens (mostly I just stopped being interested in alcohol). These ‘nasty nights’ are good memories, though.