The liquor consumption in Guwahati has increased by around 20 percentage.
According to official data, this year from January to November, the people in Guwahati consumed a total of 1.36 crore liters of liquor including IMFL – 76.27 lac liters and beer – 59.69 liters.
In 2018-19 (April-March), the total quantity of liquors consumed by the people in the city was 1.01 crore liters including IMFL – 59.36 lack liters and beer – 41.95 lac liters.
In 2017-18 (April-March), the total quantity of liquors consumed in the city was 78.37 lac liters including IMFL – 50.53 lac liters and beer 27.83 lac liters.
A media report quoted a source in the excise department as saying: “There is an increase in the consumption of liquor in Guwahati.”
There is around 20% increase in the consumption of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) and around 50% increase in beer consumption.
As per the report, in 2018 from January to October, the people in Guwahati consumed IMFL – 68.27 lac liters while the consumption of beer was 46.74 lac liters.
It has been reported that due to the increase in liquor consumption in the city, the revenue collection by the excise department has increased by 31%.
The report quoted a source in the excise department as saying: “There is an increase of 31% in the excise revenue from Guwahati.”
However, it has been reported that due to the closure of wine shops in the city in the wake of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019, the excise department incurred a loss of around Rs 5 crore.