How to get drunk in a Muslim country without consequences

The laws of Muslim countries prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages. However, if you really want to, then it is possible to get drunk in an Arab state without unpleasant consequences. You just need to know where and how...


There is no alcohol in ordinary shops, so if you like to spend your vacation "under the degree", stock up on alcohol in the airport duty free shop. It will be of much higher quality than the swill that you will then be offered at the hotel. Drinking alcohol on the streets and in any public places is prohibited. In hotels - you can, but many of the desire to drink is beaten off by the contemptuous grimaces of the staff, expressing with their whole appearance that they think about drunkards. A drinking woman makes a particularly depressing impression on the locals, to whom they immediately attribute all other sins. So some especially impressionable persons with a delicate psyche will be very uncomfortable there, but other tourists with strong nerves, devastating the all-inclusive bars, do not pay any attention to the natives.


Jordan is considered a secular state, and therefore the question of whether to drink or not to drink, each citizen, as well as a tourist, decides in private. The only exception is during the holy month of Ramadan. At this time, the departments of alcohol in supermarkets are closed. This does not prevent tourists from continuing to drink on the territory of hotels, and sometimes it is also possible to agree with the cashier in the store: he will not sell wine to the local, and it is likely that he will let the tourist to the coveted shelves. Of course, religious leaders say that drinking alcohol at any time is a great sin, but in this country they not only sell, but even produce quite decent wines. True, wine critics note that Jordanian winemakers are great originals, they do not follow the classical canons and easily mix in one bottle such grape varieties that are usually considered incompatible, but the more interesting it is to try the result!


As in Jordan, you can drink in Turkey, and whether to comply with strict religious regulations, everyone decides for himself. Moreover, some locals are well versed in wines and create solid enotecas. But getting drunk is really considered indecent. For women, local rules are a little stricter: it is believed that a decent girl should not drink. No one restricts a tourist in his right to alcohol: you just don’t need to taste alcoholic drinks on the streets, but it’s not forbidden to use them in restaurants or even abuse them in hotels (as long as they pay money!). However, a drinking tourist in Turkey faces another danger. In most hotel bars, you will be served weak and diluted whiskey or cognac. But this is not the case everywhere. So if the bartender warns you to be careful, it's worth listening to him: getting used to the "adapted" version, you may suddenly encounter the original drink and not notice how you exceed the allowable dose for yourself.


Locals are not supposed to drink, but tourists are allowed to within the inn (if greed doesn't prevent them from paying huge restaurant markups). In other public places, for example, on beaches, in parks, no one should drink, you should also not appear in public if you have gone too far, and, of course, drive - all this can lead to huge fines, imprisonment and corporal punishment, and the status of a foreigner will not play a role. The strictest laws are in the emirate of Sharjah, where it is better to forget about drinking altogether or choose a more liberal place to relax. You can bring alcohol into the country, but no more than two liters per person. There is a chance that you will be able to buy drinks under a degree on the spot, but you will have to travel far, since there are not even a dozen shops selling alcohol in all the Emirates. If you have not taken care to find out their addresses in advance, the surest way is to contact the all-knowing taxi drivers.


Defiantly drinking and appearing on the street while drunk is not worth it - this is the main rule, otherwise your libations will cost you very much, because the fines for such violations are high. Otherwise, Tunisia belongs to the Arab countries that are quite liberal in terms of alcohol. You can buy alcohol at the hotel, in non-budget restaurants or in the state chain stores "Monopri" and "General". We recommend trying local drinks: in the former French colony, they continue to produce dry wines using French technologies, liqueurs, brew good Selia beer and make unusual fig vodka bukh.


Qatar is not the most popular tourist destination, and you are unlikely to go there on purpose, but flying with Qatar Airways special offers with a connection at Doha Airport is becoming more popular, and more tourists are choosing to stay in this country for one or two days. If you are planning such a mini-voyage, it is better to forget about alcohol for a while. You cannot bring alcohol into the country. Everything that you buy in the “dutik” in your homeland will be taken from you upon arrival in Doha. Alcohol is not sold in Qatari stores. Generally. The only alcoholic shop is located almost in the desert on the outskirts of Doha. But even there, the entrance is closed to local residents and tourists. Alcohol is sold there on special cards, which are issued to foreigners officially working in this country. Even if you meet such a person, he most likely will not buy you anything, because he has the right to spend only a small fixed part of his salary on drinking per month (all information about income is encrypted in his card), so he, most likely, himself few. On the territory of expensive luxury hotels in bars, alcohol is still sold. But it is unreasonably expensive, and often mercilessly diluted, so that only Qataris who illegally broke into such places can get at least some pleasure.