Teenage Issues

Information on some of the issues which affect young people including teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use and the laws surrounding them in China...


The minimum age for drinking alcohol in China is 18 years. In 2006, a regulation was passed to ban the sale of alcohol over 0.05 per cent to young people under 18 years of age. However, this is not a law, and there are no clear procedures for enforcing this regulation. Underage drinking remains a problem among Chinese youth, and general attitudes to drinking alcohol are fairly permissive.


The use and possession of drugs in China is illegal, and drug laws are harsh and strictly enforced. Drugs in China are not as big a problem as they are in many western countries but they are becoming more widely available and their use is associated with the clubbing scene in many Chinese cities. Drug smuggling and manufacturing carry harsh penalties, including execution.

Teenage Pregnancy

The age of consent in The People's Republic of China is 14 years for girls and boys. China has one of the lowest teenage pregnancy rates in the world, even though this is now becoming more of a problem.


Abortions are legal in China but can only be performed in a hospital or family planning centre. Abortions by private doctors are illegal. Abortion is an option for married and unmarried women, regardless of their age.