Why is Gujarat a dry state ?

You might be wondering why alcohol is banned in Gujarat, a state of India. Gujarat is the State where Mahatma Gandhi was born in Gujarat and he believed in rejecting the slavery towards alcohol. It is an extremely industrious state in India where Bombay Prohibition Act, 1949 is still in force which doesnot allow alcohol in the state. Gujarat is a dry state announce by the government, it is one of the five “dry” states. There is strict rule against manufacture, seller and consumer of alcoholic beverages in this state. It is a state with a death penalty for the seller, manufacture of liquor. It is more of a tea consumer state because they consider smoking and alcohol as bad habits.

Tourists from other states of India and foreign countries can apply for a permit via online. There are 35 stores across the state including which sells alcoholic beverages with a physical copy of the permit and users have to hand-over the unconsumed liquor to the district collector once the permit expires.

Other states where alcohol is banned is Lakshadweep, Nagaland, Bihar, Mizoram, Tripura and banned partially in some districts of Manipur. First dry state in India is Gujarat that banned liquor consumption from 1961. In India data shows, 30% of the people cosumes alcohol on a regular basic out of which 11% of the people are heavy drinkers according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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