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A man carries a surf board into an ocean during the sunset at a beach in Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Indonesia might ban alcohol in Bali, its biggest beach hotspot


No matter how beautiful the country is, if they can't find alcohol, they [tourists] won't want to come here.
Hariyadi Sukamdani

Indonesia might ban alcohol in the province of Bali if a proposed bill goes through.

That's bad news for the four million foreign tourists who visit Bali for its gorgeous beaches and resorts,  <b>according to The Telegraph</b>.

The nation's economy depends largely on this tourist surge, and locals fear the proposed ban is a push toward more conservative Islamic tendencies.

Indonesia has 260 million Muslims, the most of any nation, but its Hindu and liberal minorities hold strong sway in certain parts of the country.

Proponents of the ban cite 453 alcohol-related deaths since 2012 but critics say those are the result of illegally distilled and counterfeit booze that can be laced with methanol or battery acid.

The sentence for violating looks steep if passed: 10 years in prison.

Right now, consumers have a choice... If everything is illegal then I can't even trust the expensive one so I have to be extremely careful.
Rainer Heufers

Critics argue a ban on alcohol would only force it underground, similar to the result of American Prohibition, making it more dangerous. Rainer Heufers, director of the Centre for Indonesian Policy Studies, said tainted alcohol is "suspiciously cheap," making it an easy red flag for would-be buyers.

Should the alcohol ban be passed?

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