Alcohol Ban in India – Pros and Cons

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In Favor :-

  • With alcohol ban, problems of domestic violence & financial drain will be reduced.
  • When alcohol is available abundantly, chances of drinking is higher.
  • Total ban on Alcohol in ‘Lakshadweep’ is a big success.
  • Alcohol consumption is highly prevalent in the poorer sections of society. Ban on Alcohol will save them from financial drain.
  • Crimes and accidents will be reduced to some extent.
  • Alcohol addiction is not just a threat to the person that drinks, but also to his/her entire family.

Against :-

  • Supply of illicit liquor will be increased.
  • States will lose revenue from the alcohol sale.
  • Smuggling & liquor mafias will be increased. Smuggling to the ‘Nagaland’ state from the neighboring state ‘Assam’ is an example for this.
  • Use of alternative addictives such as drugs will be increased especially among youth.
  • Many people, who are working in the Alcohol industry will lose their jobs.
  • If Alcohol ban is implemented, people will be arrested and prosecuted for just taking alcohol. That may not be that serious crime to get punished.

Basics :-

  • Alcoholic beverages can be divided into 3 types – Beers (4-6% Alcohol), Wine (9-16% Alcohol) & Liquor ((or Hard Liquor) up to 40% Alcohol).
  • In most of the states of India, ban on Alcohol did exist during pre-independence days, but was lifted after India became independent, except in the state of Gujarat.
  • Till now alcohol is banned in Nagaland, Mizoram, Gujarat, Bihar and Kerala.
  • Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Harayana & Manipur experimented partial or complete ban on liquor.
  • De-addiction centers were opened in places, where the ban is imposed.
  • These days political parties are promising Alcohol ban to woo women voters.

Situation in other countries :-

  • In 1920s, North America banned Alcohol. But this ban was a big failure. the ban came to end in the early 1930s.
  • In Phillippines & Turkey, restriction on alcohol are there during elections.
  • Sale of Alcohol is illegal in Afghanistan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Yemen due to Islamic faith.
  • In Bangladesh, only Non-Muslims can consume alcohol.

Conclusion :-

Alcohol ban is a good step for bringing down the consumption, but total ban in a single phase may not yield good results. It must be implemented in a phased manner and the sale should be restricted to very few outlets, so that the consumption can be brought down.

Afterwords :- Do you support complete ban on Alcohol? Express your opinions in the comment section below.

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  1. In my opinion alcohal ban is great step becauses its causes domastic voilence , crime, accident, like many things occured.but government should ban it strictly because we always see in news that black alcohal selling by shopkeeper at higher rates in ban states.

  2. Ban on alcohol is good, but it alone shall not work out. Awareness on ill effects of drugs and mental well being / alternative thinking / awareness on high risk behavior/ faithfulness on family affairs are to be seeded. Parental care will help a lot in this subject.

  3. another points are —it will be helpful to curb road accidents in night time,diminish the ill effect on young generations as they think itself as a matter of style,influence of western civilization.

  4. According to me Alcohol should be completely Banned in India. if Alcohol is banned in India poorer section women like daily wager , labourer they will get relief ,they will be very happy. Most of the labour class people like rickshaw puller , daily wager they work whole day and end of the day they get their remuneration and spend their money to take Alcohol. They don’t want to pay their family even when wife ask them for money to meet the family expenses ,they beat up their wife and children and quarrel with with them. As a result women they have to work to meet family expenses , even they can’t afford their children to go to the school. Secondly if Alcohol is banned, crime will be reduced like rape, molestation, murder.Most of the time we see people involve the bad activities ,that time they were drunk.

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