Just last week, many expats, tourists and local boozehounds received a big shock when it was announced that there is currently a bill in place to ban alcohol in Indonesia. While definitely shocking, it is important to take a look at the facts before we start getting carried away, stockpiling bottles of Bintang or studying ways to brew up our own alcohol at home in the bak mandi.
Before we even take a look at the facts though, have another sip of your drink of choice, take a deep breath and relax. Of course it is easy to get a little worked up when we hear the words “alcohol” and “ban” in the same sentence, but at this time (and most likely forever) it is just a bill, meaning it would first need to be passed to become an actual law. (more…)