Raising the bar - Geoquiz on PRI’s The World

Our most recent story was about how Mumbai, finance and bollywood capital of India, has raised its legal drinking age from 21 to 25. We spoke to the minister of housing who sits on the social justice ministry about it as well as a liquor store owner and a 21-year-old.

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“The Indian city on our radar is the capital of the state of Maharashtra. One notable thing about this city is its population of over 12.5 million people. That puts it among the world’s top ten most populated cities.

And while its hot economy ranks this city as the richest in India, it’s not so easy to buy a drink. Local authorities just boosted the legal drinking age to 25 as part of an attempt to battle addiction to drugs and alcohol.”

[Originally published here and here.]

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somdeb basu says ... "Interesting to note that in the history of the world across countries, almost nowhere has a government been able to put a true restriction on alcohol by administering a prohibition law / age wise prohibition law. Such laws have always created the mafia & has not only been a breeding ground for the mafia but also have been thickening the pockets of cops, bureaucrats & legislators who are involved. For people who follow religions in which consumption of alcohol is barred, not everyone is a teetotaler. So, even fear of God is not enough to keep people away from alcohol....... its foolish to think that a mere legislation will prevent people from doing so , in a land where breaking the law is so easy …. Just by paying a bit more…………… ……. Unless of course the legislation is really taken seriously by the cops ….. like constant challans have ensured that most people wear helmets & seat belts in Delhi & other metros. On the social aspect, I think it does not really matter if someone drinks alcohol at 21 or 25…… as long as they know what they are doing & as long as they are within limits or are not e.g. driving a car (& risking own & other’s lives) after consumption of alcohol. Constant social & media campaigns may also lead to change . e.g. cigarette consumption among educated youth of today is much lower than it was few decades back when the ill effects of cigarettes were not so well known. Pictures of cancerous mouths on cigarette packets also have been able to keep out a lot of people from smoking…… lot of us do not litter on roads or do not throw plastic on lakes/ponds/rivers after getting educated on the ‘environmental issues’ etc."



Chhavi Sachdev

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