Gujarat is one of the Indian states where alcohol is completely prohibited. The Bombay Prohibition Act (1949) is effective in the state since 1960. In an attempt to discourage the production and selling of country liquor, the government has declared penalty on such activities.
The Gujarat Tourism Department, however, grants a 30-days permit to the tourists to buy alcohol up to certain quantity. The permit is given after checking the identity proof of the buyer.
Bihar is the latest Indian state to impose a complete ban on all types of alcohol. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar officially announced the complete ban on April 5, 2016. Bihar Excise (Amendment) Bill 2016, Section 19 (4), is in force in the state which prohibits selling any kind of liquor in hotels, clubs, or any other place.
Manipur was declared officially dry state in 1991. The Manipur Liquor Prohibition Act was enforced all over the state. But in 2002, the ban was lifted in the five hill districts of Manipur through the Manipur Liquor Prohibition (Amendment) Bill, 2002.
Nagaland is another dry state in the Northeast India. The Nagaland Liquor Prohibition Act was enforced in 1989 to put a restriction on selling and consumption of alcohol. Though the state is officially a dry state, Indian-made foreign liquor, and local liquor Zutho are illegally sold across the state.
Sale and consumption of alcohol are completely prohibited in union territory Lakshadweep. However, the island of Bangaram is exempted from this ban.
The Kerala government has also taken the initiative to turn the state into a dry state. Alcohol is an important revenue source in the state and if sale and consumption of alcohol are prohibited from the state then it would be a major setback for both the administration and tourism industry.
A liquor policy was introduced in August 2014 to impose a complete ban on alcohol but it was strongly opposed by the powerful bar owners. Again in December 2015, the top court supported the state's liquor policy permitting the sale of liquor to only five-star hotels and major establishments.