7 Wonderfully Weird Drinking Laws From Around The World

It’s no secret that one too many beers can lead to all sorts of chaotic situations, but true beer buffs agree that a love for the brew always trumps whatever happens next! Unsurprisingly, the long arm of the law doesn’t share that motto and some nations have stringent regulations to control alcohol consumption, while others take a more relaxed approach. 

Since the 4th of August is International Beer Day we’re expecting the world is going to be out on the town, chugging their favourite brewskis, but as with all alcohol, it’s important to do that safely. And since forewarned is forearmed, better start studying up, so you don’t get caught unaware by some of the odd and unexpected alcohol laws that exist in some parts of the world.

Some countries have implemented truly bizarre and unusual alcohol-related laws that will leave you scratching your head. Here are 7 weird alcohol rules from around the world that you might be surprised by:

1. Permit To Party - Mumbai, India

If you’re planning to go out on the town in Mumbai, you can amuse your friends with your knowledge of a peculiar law dating back to the 1949 Bombay Transportation Act. This law mandates that anyone who wishes to consume, possess, or even transport alcohol must obtain a permit. Surprisingly, despite its antiquity, the law is still very much in effect. Prospective alcohol consumers can acquire this permit through the Maharashtra State Excise. Interestingly, it's also illegal to enter the state while intoxicated, adding another layer of uniqueness to the law.

2. Pay For Your Pants - Scotland

While not an official law, the traditional Scots' custom surrounding kilts has been a subject of humorous discussion for ages. Legend has it that a Scotsman caught wearing underwear beneath his kilt could face a penalty of two cans of beer. The tradition of going "commando" under kilts is believed to stem from Scottish military practices, but enforcing such a provision would prove quite challenging.

3. Government Sanctioned Swigs - Sweden

In Sweden, the government holds a monopoly over the sale of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol by volume (ABV) above 3.5% for home consumption. This means that the only places where Swedes can legally purchase such beverages are the state-owned retail stores known as Systembolaget. Although opinions on this government-controlled system vary, it remains in operation, boasting a substantial number of stores across the country.

4. Island Isolation - Lakshwadeep

Nestled amidst the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, the picturesque island of Lakshadweep is an oasis of tranquillity. However, it holds a peculiar distinction: it is the only union territory in India where alcohol consumption is strictly prohibited. Since 1995, residents of Lakshadweep have been barred from consuming alcohol anywhere on the archipelago, except for the tiny island of Bangaram. So, if anyone desires a drink, they must make their way to Bangaram. You just have to figure out how.

5. Weekly Respites - Andaman Islands, India

Between 2008 and 2010, India implemented a rather bizarre regulation stating that the last day of every month was declared a "dry day." Although not officially confirmed by authorities, it is believed that this measure aimed to prevent salaried individuals from squandering their earnings on alcohol. Although that didn’t last long, the 7th day of every month continues to remain a dry day in the state.

6. Tipsy On Two Wheels - Germany

Germany, known for its beer culture, has taken a firm stance against drunk cycling. To tackle the issue of intoxicated cyclists, the country enacted a law permitting authorities to confiscate the driver's licence of those caught cycling under the influence. In addition, individuals may undergo a mandatory medical and psychological evaluation, known as an MPA. This law underscores the seriousness with which Germany addresses the problem of cycling while inebriated.

7. Boozeless Bingo - North Carolina, USA

North Carolina, USA, seems to have an unexpected concern with the combination of alcohol and bingo games. The state enforces a head-scratching law that strictly prohibits the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages in any room while a raffle or bingo game is taking place. The rationale behind this regulation remains a mystery, but it serves as a quirky reminder of how local laws can sometimes take on unusual forms.