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Oh Boy. Bali Considers Banning Bintang and All Booze

Where: Indonesia
January 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM | by | ()

...And not just the Balinese beer, but wine, vodka and any other adult libation. A new piece of legislation has been brought to the parliament of Indonesia asking for the potential ban of alcoholic beverages on the tropical vacation island and across the rest of the Muslim country.

If you have ever been to Bali, you know how ridiculous this whole topic sounds. The island is a tourist mecca attracting travelers with daydreams of sitting poolside sipping on a fruity cocktail made from fresh squeezed fruit juice. If relaxing is not part of your itinerary, there are storefronts and cafe-fronts full of sunburned Westerners enjoying a cocktail or beer. Even our own trip last year was dotted with some interesting cocktails and other beverages, both alcoholic and kiddie-safe.

If the bill passes (it's slated to be debated this year) anyone in possession of alcohol could face a fine of just under 30,000 USD and up to 2 years in prison. This might be easy for the predominantly Muslim population of the nation as booze is already banned by their religious views, but it will most definitely be problematic for visitors and hotels. The director of tourism for Bali has already said he will "flatly reject" the proposal, claiming it will kill his industry.

[Photo: Rayme Gorniak for Jaunted]

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