I'm hoping someone Danish can explain the thinking behind the laws about the legal age to drink. We will be visiting with our 16 year old, so I got curious.
As I understand it, at 16 a person can buy beer or wine, but nothing harder, in a store and take it to drink, say, at home or in the park with friends, but can't buy anything harder, anything with a higher alcohol content.
But a 16 year old cannot be served a glass of wine in a restaurant or bar.
The prohibition on hard liquor sounds to me like a concern about kids getting too drunk too quickly, trying to keep their alcohol consumption safe and reasonable.
But allowing them to buy bottles in a store sounds like a quick route to getting very drunk, very easily. Drinking in a bar or restaurant would seem to lend itself more to moderation, both because that is generally more expensive per drink than buying a bottle (at least here in the US) and a waiter or a bartender can cut someone off if necessary.
If my 16 year old is going to drink legally, I'd rather have him have a beer at dinner with his parents in a restaurant than sit in a park with friends with a 6 pack. I want him to learn to drink socially, moderately and responsibly.
I'm not criticizing Danish law, I'm trying to understand. To sum up, why the prohibition on hard liquor and the prohibition on drinking in restaurants and bars? That seems contradictory to me.