No Cold Beer in Kochi! Kerala Raises Legal Drinking Age to 23
After raising our hopes for having the perfect Kerala vacation – complete with a cold beer and fish – the Kerala government seems to be favouring prohibition yet again.
The Left Democratic Front (LDF) government on Wednesday, 6 December, decided to raise the legal drinking age from 21 to 23 years. This comes after the previous UDF government went around shutting bars and liquor vending outlets.
While opposition parties and pro-prohibition activists criticised the LDF government for relaxing drinking norms, they are not thrilled by the raised legal drinking age either.
According to The Hindu, the Opposition has termed the move a “gimmick”.
Given that “kids” in states where legal drinking age is already 23 or higher (like Maharashtra or Delhi) can easily bend the rules, how can we say it will be effective in Kerala? JJ Edayaranmula, director, Alcohol and Drug Information Centre, said the this move is more likely to drive underage drinking underground in Kerala, reported The News Minute.
(With Inputs from The News Minute.)
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