File - A couple kisses as they drink beers with friends near Taksim Square in Istanbul on June 29, 2014.AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
The sun is setting but the party is only just beginning for 29-year-old Merve Kortan, one of the many young Turks who hang out in Istanbul's vibrant Beyoglu district.New alcohol legislation has made it more expensive and harder to buy or sell alcohol in Turkey, with critics accusing the Islamic-rooted government of imposing a religious agenda in the mainly Muslim but officially secular nation. In May last year, Turkey's parliament passed legislation curbing alcohol sales and advertising, as well as increasing taxes on beer, wine and spirits – the toughest such measures in the republic's 90-year history.Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a pious Muslim who neither smokes nor drinks, argues that the law is aimed at protecting Turkey's youngsters from the dangers of alcohol.Most people do not drink in Turkey, which despite its secular system remains a deeply religious country. According to a January report by the Health Ministry, 87 percent said they had never drunk alcohol.But Turkey's sizable secular population has denounced the new laws as repressive, pointing out the country already has the lowest alcohol consumption among OECD countries.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE