No more alcohol allowed in Indonesia?

Islam in Indonesia


Indonesia is the biggest Muslim countries in the world. If you haven’t read our article about religions in Indonesia, I strongly advise you to go have a look as well as some business etiquette if you are going to Indonesia for a business trip.

According to Pew’s research, a US Religion focus research center,  there are over 200 million Indonesians practicing Islam which means a community accounting for 13% of total amount of Muslims living across the global.


However, it is important to note that not every Indonesian region are populated with a majority of Muslims. Also, there are two different kinds of Islam in Indonesia. The “Traditional Islam” and the “Modernist Islam”. As  Martin Lewis, from Geocurrent explained in his article,  “ ‘Traditional Islam’ meaning the Javanese custom of melding Islam with earlier Hindu and animist ideas and practices, and “Modernist Islam” denoting orthodox expressions of the faith.”

Traditional Islam also known as Abangan Islam is predominant in Central and East Java, while “Modernist Islam” also called “Orthodox Islam” is expanding in urban areas and touches younger people.

Java and Bali are not Muslim predominant, however, all of these differentiations regarding drinking alcohol may just disappear. The Indonesian government is now discussing the possibility to ban alcohol throughout all Indonesia permanently. The proposition of this prohibition bill is seen as several other media as bad news for both foreign western tourists and the Indonesian Tourism Market.

Bali, Indonesia the perfect place for young people

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Indonesia and more specifically Bali is a place known for its awesome parties, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful beaches and well, the best place for young western tourists to enjoy some beer, wine, and other alcohol drinks.Unfortunately, this may come to an end soon.

Some regions already prohibited alcohol


This law proposition to ban alcohol in all Indonesia is actually just an extension of the already instituted ban in the province of Papouasy and Surabaya on the main island of Indonesia, Java. The government will soon make a choice to either keep the situation as it is or make the whole country alcohol-free.Consuming alcohol in Indonesia was already quite expensive in Indonesia.

Consequences for the Indonesian Tourism Market?

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Most of the main tourism industry players such as hotels and restaurants are voting against this proposition as they are worried by the fact that tourists may be less keen to travel to Indonesia if they can’t drink at all. According to the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a total of nearly 130,000 people would loss their job including about 2000 people who are directly linked to the alcohol industry.

As Hariyadi Sukamdani, head of the IHRA, Indonesian Hotel, and Restaurant Association stated in an interview with the Jakarta Post “If the bill is passed, our business will be done” also “The tourists drink alcohol all the time. It will be very inconvenient for them if they can’t find alcohol.” If we look at western culture habits we can see that alcohol is in the center of festivities.


In western countries, alcohol usually goes with having fun and enjoying parties. However, don’t be scared yet. If the prohibition bill does pass, you can still enjoy your trip to Indonesia and have a lot of fun. There are so many things to do in Indonesia that you won’t get bored and will actually have more opportunities to discover the local culture and tasty great food.

If you are need of some ideas, I advise you to read these following articles :

Rafting in Bali

Introduction to Gili Trawangan

What about the variety of foods in Indonesia?


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