Now raise a toast at 21!

New Delhi: Are you one of those lads who wait for a guy outside a liquor store to help you quench ‘the unholy thirst’? Do you have to ‘clear your throat’ when you are in front of a bartender?

Well, your awkward vis-à-vis with the bartender may become a thing of the past as the Delhi Government is mulling to bring down the legal drinking age for beer from the existing 25 to 21 years. The Excise Department is preparing a proposal in this regard.

However, don’t rush to the palace of cocktails yet as the department’s proposal is yet to be given a go-ahead by the government.

According to the proposal, which is likely to be put before the Cabinet soon, the new age limit will only be applicable for consumption of wine and beer, whereas the legal drinking age for hard liquor like rum, gin, whisky and vodka remains 25 years.

According to sources, the Excise Department has cited that the same age limit (21 years) is in force in many states. Mumbai also has similar rule which allows those above 21 years old to buy and consume beer.

They also said that if this proposal gets the government nod, it might be tabled in the upcoming budget session scheduled to be held later this month.



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