What happens to alcohol habits in a country where alcohol is totally banned? I think you can guess the answer.
In April, I met a colleague at one of the nicest local cafes in the north of Tehran. As I turned the menu to pick me something hot to drink in the cool Teheran weather, the waitress came over to us and approached my friend: "If you want something that is not on the menu, I can offer it to you. We can also deliver you home! ”He talked about alcoholic drinks. How dare he say it in front of me, here I sit with a traditional Islamic hijab, I thought. My friend took the point and asked for his phone number in case he wanted to have alcohol delivered to the door.
Drinking, selling, and producing alcohol have been banned in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The Iranian Penal Code of 2013, Article 175, states that “any person who makes, buys, sells, transports or offers drugs will be punished with imprisonment. . .