The Bihar Government on 5 April 2016 decided to impose a total ban on alcohol in towns and cities.
The decision to ban sale and consumption of India Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in municipal and town council areas with immediate effect was taken at a Cabinet meeting.
No licence will be granted for sale and consumption of alcohol in places such as hotels, club and bars in towns and cities with immediate effect. However, the Army cantonment areas will be out of it as they regulated the sale and consumption of alcohol in their own way.
On 1 April 2016, the state government had banned sale and consumption of country and spiced liquor in rural areas, but had allowed sale of foreign liquor in towns and cities.
After Gujarat, Nagaland and Mizoram, Bihar became the fourth Indian state to impose total ban on alcohol.
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