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The Old Bali Blog « Bye-bye beer: Indonesia bans alcohol from convenience stores

A new regulation, picked from the stars by the Trade Minister, decrees that no drinks containing anything above 1% alcohol can be sold anywhere except hypermarkets and supermarkets across Indonesia.

No more picking up a stash from your local Circle K at two in the morning.

It's all in the cause of protecting "morals and culture in society" - nothing to do with creeping sharia law - and you can expect to see your Chilled Ones being quietly withdrawn from the top shelf over the next three months.

Of course it won't encourage anyone to start drinking oplosan - the dirt-cheap, volcanically-demented version of arak mixed with boot polish, Baygon insecticide and methanol - ending in liver and kidney failure, blindness and an agonising death.

Update: After a strong protest by beer-selling stall owners on Kuta beach, the resort island of Bali - for the moment - has had a reprieve.

Long live Bintang beer... for the moment.

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