India has 29 states and 7 union territories. Each of these states and UTs have different laws and restrictions about drinking. Some of them have removed long set prohibition on drinking and few have new rules and regulations to restrict the audience from unruly effects of early age or uncontrolled alcohol consumption.
It is important to have a strict rule regarding consumption of alcohol, not only in India but any where in the world. Drinking is not good for health, and uncontrolled drinking can become an addiction. A lot of unwanted incidents happen under the influence of alcohol and hence it is very important to be mature and responsible.
In India, Gujarat forms a case study where drinking alcohol is prohibited since 1960s. Many states have legal drinking age as 18 years and some start with 25 years of age. Age plays a crucial role while deciding drinking laws in a country. Below is a list of different states in India and the legal drinking age in each of them.
List of the states along with the legal drinking age limit
Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal – 21 yrs
Chhattisgarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab – 25 yrs
Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Sikkim, Pondicherry – 18 yrs
Bihar – Drinking has been illegal since 4th April 2016
Gujarat – Illegal since 1960
Lakshadweep – Illegal
Maharashtra – 18 yrs for wine, 21 yrs for beer and 25 yrs for other alcoholic drinks.
Manipur – Illegal. partial prohibition since 2002
Mizoram – 21 yrs. A special case where ban on alcohol consumption had been lifted after seventeen years in 2014
Nagaland – Sale and consumption Illegal since 1989