Legal Drinking Age in Alberta
The legal drinking age in Alberta, including Calgary and Edmonton, is 18.
Alberta is currently the only province in Canada to have completely privatized liquor retail, although the Connect-Logistics monopoly on the wholesale of wine and distilled spirits would still categorize it as a "liquor control state" in the US.
On August 1st, 2008, Alberta introduced new regulations on the sale of alcohol, including:
- Happy hours of alcohol sales may not run past 8pm.
- Alcoholic beverages may not be sold below minimum prices, including $2.75/ounce for spirits, liqueurs, $2.75 per 12 ounce bottle of beer or can of beer, cider, or coolers, $0.35 per ounce for wine, and $0.16 per ounce for draught beer.
- After 1 am, patrons can only be sold two standard servings per order, such as one ounce of distilled spirit or one bottle of beer, and possession of more than two drinks in a licensed establishment will be prohibited.