10 Countries Where Alcohol is Illegal (Slideshow)
March 25, 2014
Countries in which drinking is illegal often have a booming black market trade — just like the U.S. did during prohibition
While it’s illegal for locals to purchase spirits in Afghanistan, there are plenty of places licensed to sell drinks to foreigners.
While alcohol used to be illegal here entirely, the laws (and local habits) are now a little more fluid. Hotel bars — while incredibly expensive — are legal, and according to our sources, there are some “sketchy” bars outside the hotels as well. To take home a bottle, however, you need a foreign passport, although there’s also a duty-free in the airport, and bribery will do wonders for locals obtaining a bottle or two, as well.
India has what are probably the most complex alcohol laws of any country: the legality of alcohol and age restrictions are dependent on the state, there are plenty of dry days that exist in wet states, and the age restrictions on drinking vary widely across the country. In Gujarat, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, and the island territory Lakshadweep, alcohol is completely illegal.
United Arab Emirates
While non-Muslim residents may apply for a license to drink liquor in their own homes and a permit to drink them in licensed establishments, the drinking culture here among non-Muslims — or non-religious Muslims — is huge. That said, the laws are still very strict — if you’re caught drinking without a license or you cause trouble while under the influence, don’t expect any leniency.