The legal drinking age in India.

The legal drinking age in India

The World Health Organization (WHO) released its Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health in 2014. Less than one-third of the country’s population – according to India’s 30% – consumes alcohol regularly (as of 2010). Some 11% are moderate drinkers.Let’s see in detail about legal age drinking in India.

The legal drinking age in India and the laws governing the sale and consumption of alcohol vary considerably from state to state.

In India, alcohol is banned in Gujarat, Bihar and Nagaland, and in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Alcohol is partially banned in some districts of Manipur.

All other Indian states allow drinking, but determine the legal drinking age, which varies up to a different age for a region. In some states, the legal drinking age may vary for different types of alcohol.

What is the significance of the legal drinking age in India?.

There is more and more research showing that alcohol can be very harmful to the brain which is not yet fully developed. It is already a compelling argument against adolescent drinking.

Another thing is the addictive effect.  The reason why this is not allowed in Islam when discussing with a Muslim is that even if 1 glass does not hurt, it is never just a glass. 

The initial feeling of alcoholism that appeared from a young age was associated with my first glass, good atmosphere, and having enough of camaraderie. 

Significance of legal drinking age in india
Significance of legal drinking age in India.

This positive image compensates by sticking to all the negative experiences in the brain, resulting in people constantly drinking.  Therefore, there is a strong addictive drive, which can be even stronger when you are younger and more vulnerable.

Also, young people cannot control their limits.  The majority of those admitted to hospital with alcohol poisoning are adolescents and students. 

Sports clubs, youth clubs, fraternities often have a drinking culture with drinking games (drink until you leave, drink a little more until you leave) but because the team members are so young they do not have the maturity to avoid such incidents.

  When things get out of control, teens don’t know what to do.  For example, a fraternity of which I was a member had a policy of rotating hospitals with each alcohol incident.  If they were a little more mature, they would have policies to prevent such incidents from happening.  In another fraternity, they took vows sent to bed without even calling a doctor.  At the same club, a pledge went down a field and was driven by a member in a car.

Since then, there have been more incidents under the influence of alcohol as young people are unaware of their limitations. Young people are already stimulating themselves, and alcohol is increasing it. You may think about accidents with motor vehicles, fights under the influence, daredevil stunts and so on.

Therefore, young people should leave the bottle alone until they are at least 18 or 21 years old.

My opinion for legal drinking age in India.

Although I didn’t t agree with this at all,But the law considers a bigger picture.

We all agree that alcohol is addictive and that money is needed to trigger an addiction.Now for 18-21 year olds, it is very impossible for them to earn on their own to be addicted to drugs.  It has 2 options for them:


A college student, addicted to alcohol, can easily take offence like a mugging.These petty crimes can lead to gateway crimes and even bigger problems in the future.


Borrowing from friends, acquaintances, etc. seems to be very straightforward.  But this can lead to a prolonged amount of money, which leads to crimes.

Thus for 18-21-year olds, it is very likely that they will be able to support themselves to their addiction.

The legal drinking age in India with state wise:

Below is the list of states with a legal drinking age.

The legal drinking age in India state wise
The legal drinking age in India with state wise.
StateAge limit.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands21
Andhra Pradesh21
Arunachal Pradesh21
Total ban on all alcohol since April 4, 2016
Dadra and Nagar Haveli25
Daman and Diu25
Non-Residents of Gujarat can apply for limited Liquor Permits. Banned since 1960.
The Punjab Excise Act, which also extends to Haryana, prohibits establishments from employing “women in any part of such premises in which such liquor or intoxicating drug is consumed by the public”.
Himachal Pradesh18
Jammu and Kashmir21
Jharkhand Government has banned sale of liquor/alcohol by shops/Thekas. Only govt. licensed shops can sell it that too are very few in number in each city.Like Ranchihas with population of 18 lakh has only 5 Authorised shops, so it can be said it is partially banned. ALL SHOPS CAN SELL LIQUOR FROM 10AM TO 1PM & 5PM TO 9PM .
Arrack has been banned in Karnataka since 1 July 2007.
Kerala government has planned to implement prohibition of hard liquor in 10 years.
Consumption is legal only on the island of Bangaram.
Madhya Pradesh21
Maharashtra 18(wine)
21 (beer)
25 (Other)
In Maharashtra for drinking, a person should carry a liquor license obtained from Govt.Civil Hospital. Some districts have made a total ban on alcohol
Partial prohibition since 2002
Seventeen year prohibition lifted in 2014.
Sale and consumption illegal since 1989.
The Punjab Excise Act prohibits establishments from employing “women in any part of such premises in which such liquor or intoxicating drug is consumed by the public”.
Tamil Nadu21
Uttar Pradesh21
Section 22
(Initially 18 in United Provisions Act,1910 but increased to 21 by amendment made in 1976)

The legal Drinking age in each State (precise version).

States with Minimum drinking age as 18-years:

Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Puducherry, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Goa

States with Minimum drinking age as 21-years:

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra (beer only), Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh.

States with Minimum drinking age as 25-years:

Punjab, Meghalaya, Delhi, Maharashtra (hard liquor), Haryana, Chandigarh.

Alcohol consumption illegal:

Gujarat, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Nagaland, Bihar.

If you are worried about age limits,You are not ready to go there,Wait a few more years.

the penalty for underage drinking in India:

1. Section 77, Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 who serves drug, tobacco, or any such intoxicating substance or liquor can be sentenced to up to 7 years imprisonment and up to 1 lakh rupees fine or both.

Penalty for underage drinking in India -legal drinking age in india
Penalty for underage drinking in India.

2. Punjab Excise Act

Section 29, selling or serving drinks to minors or underage fine is Rs.500

3. Bombay Prohibition Act

Section 18- Prohibition of sale of alcohol to minors, no penalty.

Dry Days:

Dry days are specific days that are determined when each state is not allowed to sell alcohol.

Dry days for drinking in India
Dry Days for drinking in India.

Most Indian states have declared these common days / dates of major national festivals / Republic Day (January 26), Independence Day (August 15) and Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) as dry days.

Dry days are found on and around election day in every state.

Dry Days month wise:

1. January- (Republic Day)

2. February- (Maharishi Dayanand Jayanti) , (Guru Ravidas Jayanti)

3. March- (Holi)

4. April- (Good Friday) , (Mahavir Jayanti)

5. May- (Buddha Purnima)

6. August- (Independence Day) , (Krishna Janmashtami)

7. October- (Gandhi Jayanti) , (Dussehra) , (Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti) , (Diwali)

8. November- (Guru Nanak Jayant) , (Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom Day)

In addition to the above, the following days are prohibited:

1. Ram Navami

2. Maha Shivaratri

3. Eid al-Adha

4. Eid ul-Fitr

5. Muharram

6. Milad an-Nabi

Final word.If I had my life to live, I would wait until I was old enough to drink. There is no rush. Think a little

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