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Your drinking session has to end in less than four pegs

63-year-old law regulates the amount of alcohol you are allowed to drink in a day and purchase in a week.

mumbai Updated: May 24, 2012 01:00 IST
Puja Changoiwala
Puja Changoiwala
Hindustan Times

You can only drink three-and-a-half pegs of hard liquor, such as whiskey and vodka in a day, according to the law. And if you are a beer guzzler, you are only allowed to drink measly 1.14 litres a day. And, of course, you need a valid permit for this.

If the police decide to check on your love for booze, you can be sent to jail for up to six months or fined up to Rs5,000.

With the police planning to book people who drank alcohol without permits at the Juhu sundown party under sections of the 63-year-old Bombay Prohibition Act, people in the city are worried that their nightlife is in trouble. The Act does not end with a permit, it also regulates the amount of alcohol you can drink and buy.

"The daily consumption and weekly purchase limit of alcohol is fixed. Anyone exceeding these limits can be punished under the Bombay Prohibition Act, even if they have a liquor permit," said Mohan Varde, superintendent of the state excise department.

Excise department officials said the daily intake limit of varies. A person is allowed to drink two units of alcohol a day. For hard liquor such as vodka and gin, the two unit limit is 214.28 ml, for beer it is 1.14 litres, a little more than two pints and for wine the limit is 0.448 litres.

"If people are to mix and match their alcohols, they can pick from the three categories. However, they can consume only a total of two units in a day. Anything beyond two units is punishable," added Varde.

The Act also determines the amount of alcohol you can buy every week. Varde added that the permissible limit of alcohol purchase a week is fixed at 1500 ml for hard liquor, eight litres for beer or 3.4 litres for wine for every individual.

As per the Act, any anybody can get a permit if they under the permissible age category and is an Indian citizen.

First Published: May 24, 2012 01:00 IST