Prohibition imageAlcohol use has been used as a social past time for thousands of years throughout the world. While most are able to drink in moderation, others easily fall victim to alcohol’s addictive effects. This is why there are many countries that choose to make Alcohol us illegal, along with religious reasons.

Countries with Alcohol Prohibition

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • India (only in the states of Gujarat, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, and the union territory of Lakshadweep.)
  • Iran
  • Kuwait
  • Libya
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sudan
  • UAE (only Sharjah)
  • Yemen
  • Pakistan (only for Muslims)

Why Is Alcohol Illegal Within These Countries?

The majority of these countries have citizens with the Muslim religion which teaches against the use of alcohol for spiritual reasoning. With religion as a main reason for alcohol being deemed illegal within these countries those who are not of the Muslim religion too follow these laws as the minority unless specified otherwise by the law. Not only is alcohol illegal due to religious reason but scientific research of the adverse effects of alcohol as well as the behavior of individuals under its use affects the reasoning within each countries decision to pass an alcohol prohibition act. The goal of these countries is not to control its citizens but protect them.

What is Alcohol Prohibition?


Alcohol prohibition is a law, a legal act, that prohibits the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol and alcoholic beverages. Throughout history there have been alcohol prohibition acts within various countries, dating back to the 1300’s. As time has gone on the negative affects of alcohol have become clear and these countries officials have attempted to protect their citizens. Many countries today have alcohol prohibition acts in place for religious purposes as well as the prevention of crime and alcohol dependency within their country.