Nobody Tell Mike Bloomberg!

Over in Pakistan, health officials have solved the pesky problem of drinkers not knowing their limits: mandatory pre-commitment. According to this London Telegraph report on the last brewery in the country, “If you are non-Muslim Pakistani in Punjab and have a permit, you are allowed to buy six bottles of whisky or one case of beer per month.”

The Murree Brewery’s sales figures suggest there are quite a few more non-Muslims than one would expect in the Punjab, however: “Given that the company produces some 820 million half-litre bottles of beer, whisky, vodka, brandy and other alcoholic drinks per annum – and that those minorities make up less than five per cent of Pakistan’s 170 million people, those Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, Parsees and pagan animists would have to be consuming more than 90 bottles per person per year, man, woman and child.”

While I applaud the enterprising booze merchants of Rawalpindi, I’m a bit worried that this story might give Western Puritans such as New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg (who, legend has it, was once only moved to plow the snow from the streets when he found out locals were having fun romping in it) and our own Australian health bureaucrats and lobbyists a few more ideas about how to stand in the way of a good time.

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