Hard-working Olympic athletes deserve a celebratory (or conciliatory) beverage more than almost anyone. But for many Olympians living in the Olympic Village, they’ll have to go elsewhere for their libation of choice. Depending on which country they’re representing, alcohol may be banned in the athlete’s living quarters.
Alcohol restrictions start with the rules set by the International Olympic Committee. According to Olympic Village policies, “alcohol will not be sold to individuals in the Olympic Village and the consumption of personal alcohol is restricted to private spaces.” From there, each country’s policies vary as much as each nation’s general approach to alcohol.
Mark Jones, the managing director of communications for Team USA, tells Supercall that, “Alcohol is prohibited in Team USA’s facilities at the Olympic Village.” Full stop. The ban doesn’t necessarily extend outside of the Olympic Village, however. This can obviously lead to problems, as evidenced by Ryan Lochte and a few other USA swimmers who drunkenly vandalized a Brazilian gas station after drinking with the French. Also in 2016, Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder was kicked off the team for drinking in Rio.