Turkish governor bans drinking in public space

The governor of the western Turkish province of Burdur has banned the consumption of alcohol in all public places on grounds of “public safety” and “prevention of crime.”

Those who drink in a public space, even inside a parked car, will be fined 100 Turkish lira (about $26) for violating the governor’s ban, the Turkish secular newspaper Cumhuriyet reported.

Restaurants and pubs with a licence to sell alcohol are not affected.

Turkish law does not prohibit consumption of alcohol, but causing a disturbance after getting drunk is a misdemeanour.


However, bans and restrictions on the consumption of alcohol in Turkey are becoming more widespread.

In 2013, the government banned the sale of alcoholic drinks after 10pm.

Higher taxes on alcohol are forcing consumers to try home-made drinks, to which the government has responded by regulating ethanol sellers. The regulations, which were promulgated shortly before New Year's Eve last year, required the sellers to add animal repellent into the ethanol to prevent its use in home made drinks.


The food and drinks fair in the popular Turkish tourist destination of Antalya banned alcoholic beverages this year.