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Booze comes with age: Are you old enough to drink in your state?

Alcohol is a subject in the State list according to the Seventh Schedule in the Constitution of India. Therefore, laws differ from state to state This suggests that permitted age or the ‘Legal’ Drinking Age for consuming alcohol varies from state to state.


For example, your friend in Rajasthan would pop a champagne on his 18th Birthday as compared to your other friend in Goa who could officially chug a beer on his 21st in comparison to your buddy in Haryana who will have to resort on fake IDs till his 25th and then there’s you living in Gujarat for whom prohibition has made nothing but trouble.

States in which liquor consuming age is 18.drinking age in india

You booze, you cruise! Fellas, there’s no looking back If you belong to these officially lucky states


  1. Andaman Nicobar islands (Andaman and Nicobar Islands Excise Regulation, 2012 Section 24 Excise Policy RULE 14)
  2. Himachal Pradesh (THE HIMACHAL PRADESH LIQUOR LICENSE RULES, 1986 RULE- 16)
  3. Kerala (Abkary Act, (1 OF 1077) Section- 15A & 15B)
  4. Mizoram {Mizoram Liquor (Prohibition and Control) Bill 2014 Section 58}
  5. Pondicherry (The Pondicherry Excise Act, 1970 Section 35)
  6. Rajasthan (Rajasthan Excise Act 1950, SECTION 22)
  7. Sikkim {THE SIKKIM HOME

States in which liquor consuming age is 21drinking age in India

Tagged as 21 and legal, you have met the criteria for divine boozy interventions?  

  1. Arunachal Pradesh (The Arunachal Pradesh Excise Act, 1993 section 42)
  2. Assam (Rule 241 and 5.10 of the Assam excise Rule 1945)
  3. Chhattisgarh (The Chhattisgarh Excise Act, 1915 Section 23)
  4. Dadra and Nagar Haveli (THE DADRA AND NAGAR HAVELI EXCISE REGULATION, 2012 Section 24)
  5. Daman and Diu (The Goa, Daman and Diu Excise Duty Act & Rules 1964 section 19)
  6. Goa (The Goa Excise Duty Act and Rules, 1964 Section 19)
  7. Jammu and Kashmir (Jammu and Kashmir Excise Act, 1958 SECTION- 50 B  Jammu and Kashmir Liquor License and Sales Rules, 1984 RULE 11)
  8. Jharkhand (The Bihar & Orissa Excise Act, 1915 Section 54)
  9. Karnataka (Karnataka Excise Department, 1967)
  10. Madhya Pradesh (The Madhya Pradesh Excise Act, 1915– SECTION 23)
  11. Orissa (THE ODISHA EXCISE ACT, 2005 SECTION 61)
  12. Tamil Nadu {Tamil Nadu Liquor (License and Permit) Rules, 1981Section 25 rule XV}
  13. Telangana (Andhra Pradesh  Excise Act 1968- SECTION 36)
  14. Tripura (THE TRIPURA EXCISE ACT, 1987 SECTION 53)
  15. Uttar Pradesh (United Provinces Excise Act, 1910 Section 2)
  16. Uttrakhand {United Provinces Excise Act, 1910 The Uttaranchal (The Uttar Pradesh Excise Act, 1910) Section 2}
  17. West Bengal (Bengal Excise Act 1909 SECTION 51)
  18. Andhra Pradesh {The Andhra Pradesh (regulation of Wholesale Trade and Distribution and Retail Trade in Indian Liquor, Foreign Liquor, wine and Beer) Act, 1993}

States in which liquor consuming age is 25

You will have to wait a lot harder but never say never! Good things come to those to wait.

  1. Chandigarh (Punjab Excise Act, 1915 Section 23)
  2. Delhi (Delhi Excise Act, 2010 Section 23 Delhi Liquor License Rules, 1976)
  3. Haryana (Punjab Excise Act,1914– SECTION 29)
  4. Meghalaya (EASTERN BENGAL AND ASSAM ACT, 1910)
  5. Punjab (Punjab Excise Act,1914– SECTION 29)

States in which liquor consumption is illegal

drinking age in india

Sadly, folks here can just get high on spirit with a constant urge of traveling to nearby boozy havens.

These are the states which are known as ‘DRY STATES’. The sale and consumption of alcohol is banned in over 6 states of India which totally restrict the sale, consumption and even possession of the liquor.

  1. Bihar {Bihar Excise (Amendment) Bill 2016 Section 19(4)}
  2. Gujarat {Bombay Prohibition (Gujarat Amendment) Bill, 2009}
  3. Lakshadweep {Bombay Prohibition (Gujarat Amendment) Bill, 2009}
  4. Manipur (The Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act of1991)
  5. Nagaland (Nagaland Liquor Total Prohibition Act, 1989)

So, happy boozing if you have ticked all the checkboxes meeting your States’s age criterion.


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