While countries such as England or Ireland have legal minimum prices for alcoholic beverages, some countries prohibit alcohol consumption altogether.
Alcohol consumption is regulated in almost every country in the world. In many places, there are regulations that set a legal minimum drinking age. For example, in Switzerland, the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages to people under the age of 16 is prohibited.
While other countries, such as England or Ireland, have legal minimum prices for alcoholic beverages, some countries prohibit alcohol consumption altogether. Failure to comply with such prohibition may result in severe punishment, up to and including imprisonment. Alcohol is banned in the following countries.
While it is strictly forbidden for Afghan citizens to own and consume alcohol, alcoholic beverages may be given to tourists, foreign journalists or, for example, foreign military servicemen under certain conditions. Afghans caught drinking alcohol in the country face harsh punishments, up to and including imprisonment.
Brunei is a small country in the north of Indonesia where the sale and consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited for the predominantly Muslim population. Non-Muslims and those over the age of 17 can import a certain amount of alcohol, but it must only be consumed in private.
Similar to neighboring Afghanistan, the production, sale, possession and consumption of alcohol by the Muslim population is prohibited by law in Iran. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t find a single bottle of wine or can of beer across the country. Nevertheless, it is advisable to abstain from alcohol in Iran to avoid possible punishment.
Alcohol is also strictly prohibited in the Muslim country south of Saudi Arabia. Exceptions exist for some places, such as Aden in the south of the country, where alcoholic beverages may be sold in some catering establishments. Like Brunei, non-Muslim foreigners are allowed to bring a limited amount of alcohol into the country, but are required to drink it in private.
Alcoholic beverages are also prohibited by law in this country. Importing or exporting alcohol is also strictly prohibited. Anyone clearly intoxicated in public places runs the risk of criminal consequences. Repeat offenders face up to six months in prison.
According to a BBC report, although the sale and consumption of alcohol in Libya is strictly prohibited by law, there is still a lot of smuggling from Tunisia, Algeria and Malta. Violators of Libya’s alcohol laws are severely punished.
The homeland of Mecca, the largest Islamic pilgrimage site, has long had a strict prohibition on alcohol. Anyone who disobeys it sometimes faces harsh punishments such as whipping or imprisonment.
The Islamic coastal state in Kenya’s northeast bans the production, trade and consumption of alcohol. Exceptions apply to non-Muslim or foreign visitors, provided that alcohol is consumed exclusively in private places.