Are you of the legal drinking age? Or do you drink illegally? Are you not of drinking age here but you are in some other city? Did you know which states are meant to be dry? Are they really dry?
Alcohol consumption in India has risen over 55%
over a period of 20 years, according to studies conducted by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), whilst the laws for buying and drinking of alcohol have only gotten stricter.
Do you drink? Are you even allowed to?
Alcohol Prohibition (Dry States) :
Gujarat (Non-Residents of Gujarat can apply for limited Liquor Permits, Foreigners and NRIs are able to purchase 30-day liquor permits),
Manipur (except for in a couple of districts)(Local brews called ashaba and atingba are available in most areas, and authorities usually ignore their sale and consumption)
Nagaland (Sale and consumption illegal since 1989) (Alcohol is also smuggled in from neighbouring Assam),
These are the legal drinking ages in different part of the country-
18 Years :
Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar, Puducherry, Sikkim, Mizoram (prohibition lifted in 2015)
23 Years :
Kerala (raised from 21 in December 2017)
25 Years :
Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Maharashtra (light beer allowed at age 21)
21 Years :
All other states
In the January of 2015, Mizoram was released from under the liquor ban. Manipur is still waiting for its liquor ban to be lifted. The ban lift was in talks back in 2015, there has been no verdict yet.
While states try to get their liquor bans lifted, there is a plea that was raised in the Delhi High Court seeking to change the provision prescribing 25 years as the legal drinking age. The plea said that the rule is “discriminatory against residents of Delhi as compared to citizens residing in other states, where the legal age for consuming alcohol is less than 25 years”.
It would be wonderful to see the law change, but that’s only if people actually followed the law. We know that you know at least one person who doesn’t follow the age restriction for alcohol purchase and consumption. Is there a way to change this? Does anybody even want to?