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Gujarat liquor deaths show India is guided by hypocritical moralism. Prohibition doesn’t work

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Spurious liquor deaths in Gujarat are the result of the hypocritical moralism guiding India’s liquor policies. Prohibition, or high taxes on country liquor, only drive the poor to bootleggers. Three Indians, on average, die of toxic liquor every day. True, alcohol abuse kills—but prohibition is, perversely, adding to the death toll.

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