IAS Gyan

Daily News Analysis


24th December, 2021 Health

Disclaimer: Copyright infringement not intended.


  • The Haryana government has amended its Excise Act, reducing the legal age to purchase, sell or consume liquor from 25 years to 21 years.



  • An Amendment Bill with regard to changing the age limit was passed in the Vidhan Sabha on the concluding day of the winter session.
  • The government’s reasoning for bringing down the age to 21 is that “many of the other states have prescribed lower age limits”.


Scenario in other Indian States

  • The minimum age for purchasing alcohol is 18 in Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Sikkim, and Puducherry.
  • 21 years in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Orissa (Odisha), Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, 25 (now 21 years) in Haryana, Meghalaya, Punjab, Delhi
  • Sale of alcohol is prohibited in states including Bihar, Gujarat, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Lakshadweep.