The sale of alcohol is restricted to people over the age of 18

The sale of alcohol is restricted to people over the age of 18.

Question: I don’t understand why it’s used the preposition “over” here, not “under”.
So people over the age of 18 cannot buy alcohol?

Thank you!!

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In this sentence, over the age 18 you can buy alcohol. The “restricted” part is more like saying limited or only. The sale of alcohol is only to people over the age of 18 or The sale of alcohol is limited to people over the age of 18.

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I can see the confusion. What the sentence really means is: ‘The sale of alcohol is restricted. It can only be sold to people over the age of 18.’

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In the example given, ‘restricted to’ means ‘only for’.

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The sentence lilyyang posted is correct. As crimsonaero mentioned, “restricted” is being used in the same way “limited” could be used. Either are okay. It may confuse people learning English, but as a native I feel that the sentence is really natural.

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