List of countries with alcohol prohibition
The following countries have or had comprehensive prohibitions against alcohol. Particularly the term refers to the banning of the manufacture, storage (whether in barrels or in bottles), transportation, sale, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Currently, alcohol prohibition is enforced in many Muslim majority countries, Indigenous Australian communities (due to alcohol-fuelled violence in young Aboriginals), certain northern communities in the Canadian territories and some regions of India.
- Bangladesh (legal for non-Muslims and foreigners)
- Brunei Darussalam
- Canada (communities in Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Quebec)
- Indonesia (total prohibition in the province of Aceh only)
- Iran (home production legal for Zoroastrians, Jews and Christians; commercial production illegal)
- Iraq (except for non-Muslims)
- Maldives (legal for Foreigners at licensed establishments)
- Oman (legal for non-Muslims foreigners, Muslims can only consume alcohol inside a bar)
- Pakistan (excluding non-Muslims)
- Qatar (excluding non-Muslims)
- Saudi Arabia
- Sudan (excluding non-Muslims)
- United Arab Emirates (prohibition is only by the emirate of sharjah)
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- Canada – 1918–1920 (see prohibition in Canada)
- Faroe Islands – 1907–1992 (see 1907 Faroese alcohol referendum)
- Finland – 1919–1932
- Hungarian Soviet Republic – March 21 – August 1, 1919 – Sale and consumption of alcohol was prohibited (partial ban from July 23).
- Iceland – 1915–1935 (see prohibition in Iceland) – However beer with an alcohol content exceeding 2.25% was prohibited until 1989.
- North Yemen – 1962–1990
- Norway – 1916–1927
- Ottoman Empire – 1612–1640 (prohibition by Murad IV)
- Panama – March 25 – May 8, 2020 – Sale and consumption of alcohol was prohibited as part of the social distancing measures against Covid-19.
- Philippines – 1966–1986
- Pitcairn Islands – 1790-2009
- Russian Empire and the Soviet Union – July 19, 1914 – August 28, 1925; 1929;
- South Africa (temporary ban to prevent drunken violence during the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa)[a]
- United Arab Emirates – In November 2020, the UAE introduced reforms that include the decriminalisation of alcohol,except the emirate of sharjah
- United States – 1920–1933 (see prohibition in the United States)
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1. §. Mindennemü szeszes ital kimérése, forgalombahozatala és fogyasztása tilos.[§ 1. The sale, distribution and consumption of all alcoholic beverages is prohibited.]
- "A Népgazdasági Tanács 91. N. T. számú rendelete" [Decree No. 91 of the People's Economic Council]. Tanácsköztársaság: Hivatalos lap [Soviet Republic: Official Journal] (in Hungarian). Budapest: Athenaeum. 1 (99): 1. 23 July 1919.
1. §. Minden dolgozó, aki 18-ik életévét betöltötte, naponkint félliter (0'5 l.) bort fogyaszthat.[§ 1. All workers who have reached the age of 18 can consume half a liter (0.5 L) of wine daily.]
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