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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The government on Wednesday decided to raise the minimum age for consuming liquor from 21 to 23. Required amendment will be brought to the existing liquor policy and recommendation will be sent to the governor to promulgate an ordinance in this regard.

When the LDF government came to power in 2016, it had diluted the liquor policy of the previous UDF government that was hell-bent on banning liquor in a phased manner. Later most of liquor outlets that were closed were allowed to open.

Excise Minister T P Ramakrishnan said banning liquor had not been fruitful anywhere in the world and the government would give priority to abstinence rather than a blanket ban. He said people who want to get the kick will go to any extent to get it. Liquor ban can lead to illegal use of narcotic substances.

“However, the government do not encourage drinking and will take necessary steps to cut down the use of liquor. Raising the minimum age is aimed at curtailing drinking among youngsters,” he said, adding that all liquor outlets to maintain a strict vigil on those violating rules.

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