Thank you Excise!
Maharashtra Excise department has now allowed permit holders to stock 48 bottles of beer(650 ml)/ 24 bottles of wine(750 ml)/ 16 bottles of whisk(e)y (750 ml) at home for a month.
Or you can stock a combination of all three categories such that the total combination of the three does not exceed 12 units of alcohol.
Here’s how the numbers work:
According to the Government-
- 1000 ml of IMFL (Indian Manufactured Foreign Liquor) is considered as one unit of alcohol.
So 12 units of 1000 ml whisk(e)y means 12000 ml. And each bottle is 750 ml.
The number of bottles allowed = 12000/750 = 16!
- 1500 ml of wine is considered as one unit of alcohol.
So 12 units of 1500 ml whisk(e)y means 18000 ml. And each bottle is 750 ml.
The number of bottles allowed = 18000/750 = 24!
- 2600 ml of beer is considered as one unit of alcohol.
So 12 units of 2600 ml whisk(e)y means 31200 ml. And each bottle is 650 ml.
The number of bottles allowed = 31200/650 = 48!
Basically, the Government wants us to have less of the hard liquor and more of wines and beers since hard liquor has much more alcohol content in it.
Actually, the previous rule stated that permit holders could stock approximately 7-8 units of alcohol per month which meant storing 32 beer, 16 wine and 10 hard liquor bottles per month.
Time to stock up for the month ;)