Alcohol Free Countries
Clearly, Alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence are increasing throughout the world.
Does this mean that alcohol free countries do not exist?
Some Examples of Alcohol Free Countries
Surprisingly, there is a number of alcohol free countries.
Pakistan. Since 1977, only non-Muslim groups such as Christians, Zoroastrians and Hindus are
permitted to apply for alcohol permits in Pakistan.
The monthly allotment usually depends on income but it is typically 100 bottles of beer or 5 bottles of
Enforced by Pakistan's Islamic Ideology Council, the ban is strictly enforced. Members of religious minorities,
however, frequently sell their liquor permits to Muslims and contributes to the continuing black market trade in
Russia. According to a law that took effect on July 1, 2006 Russia could become a country
without alcohol by September of 2006. One of the fears of such legislation, however, could be that the Russian
market share dominated by counterfeiters could increase from approximately 50% to 90%.
In spite of the fact that Russia imports wine from 35 countries, poisoning from counterfeit alcohol kills more
than 40,000 people according to Russian authorities.
Examples of Other Alcohol Free Countries
Libya. Libya completely bans the consumption, production, or importation of alcohol and imposes
strict penalties on offenders.
India. Some areas of India are dry. Examples include the State of Gujarat and Mizoram.
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait totally ban the ingestion, production, or
importation of alcohol and imposes stern forms of punishment on those who disregard the ban, including many weeks
of incarceration and possible whippings.
Qatar. Qatar bans the importation of alcohol and has made it a punishable crime to be
intoxicated or to drink in public. Natives who violate the law may go to prison or may be deported.
Alcohol is accessible at licensed bars and hotel restaurants and expatriates living in the Qatar can get alcohol
on a permit basis.
Bangladesh. Similar to other Muslim countries, Bangladesh has also imposed prohibition.
Interestingly, various restaurants and hotels are authorized to sell alcohol to foreigners.
In addition, foreigners, but not locals, are authorized to import small amounts of alcohol for personal use.
Morocco and Tunisia. Morocco and Tunisia have a selective ban on alcohol, meaning that alcohol
can be sold and consumed in special bars or zones for tourists only.
Sudan. Sudan has banned all alcohol consumption and imposes strict penalties on offenders.
The Maldives. The Maldives ban the importation of alcohol but make alcoholic beverages
available to foreign tourists on resort islands with the understanding that the alcohol will not be taken off the
Conclusion: Alcohol Free Countries
As stated above, there are a number of alcohol free countries in the world.
Although numerous countries have either had prohibition at some time or considered the possibility of
prohibition, however, the alcohol free countries mentioned above are the only nations that currently have a ban on
the importation, consumption, or production of alcohol.