Legal Drinking Age in India

Legal Drinking Age in India

Drinking Age in India 2015

The issue of the right age to drink has perpetually been in question in India with each state graphing its own laws regarding the legal age to permit purchase and consumption of alcohol. In India, the consumption of alcohol is banned in Gujarat, Manipur, Mizoram , Kerala and Nagaland as well as the union territory of Lakshadweep. The rest of the states permit consumption but have fixed a drinking age.

Legal  Age  for Drinking in India :

State/UT Drinking Age:
Kerala 21
Lakshadweep Illegal
Madhya Pradesh 18
Maharashtra No limit (wine) 21 (beer) 25 (Other)

Legal Drinking Age in India

Plans to Bring Down Legal Drinking Age

Delhi Government is thinking about to bring down the legal drinking age for beer from the existing 25 to 21 years, with the Excise Department setting up a proposal in this regard. However, the department’s proposal is yet to be given go-ahead by the government.

As per the proposal, which is likely to be put before the Cabinet soon, the new age limit will only be applicable for consumption of wine and beer, whereas the legal drinking age for hard liquor like rum, gin, whisky and vodka remains 25 years.

As indicated by sources, the Excise Department has cited that the same age limit (21 years) is in force in many states. Mumbai also has similar rule which allows those above 21 years old to buy and consume beer. They also said that if this proposal gets the government nod, it may be tabled in the up and coming spending plan session planned to be held later this month.

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