Kerala government has increased minimum age limit for drinking from 21 to 23 at a state cabinet meeting held on Wednesday. The government has introduced an ordinance regarding age limit increase which will amend the Abkari Act.
The previous UDF regime had followed a liquor prohibition policy. They taken decision to shut down bars and closing state-run liquor vending outlets to reduce the liquor availability in the state.
But later on in September month, the relaxations in the liquor policies were given by LDF government for four star and above bars as they reduced the minimum distance from places like worship and educational institutions from 200 metres to 50 metres. This was strongly opposed by the state opposition parties and people who are against liquor consumption.
Earlier Maharashtra and New Delhi had also raised the minimum age to consume liquor to 25 but found it had little impact on the ground.