REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed new regulation on alcoholic beverage control. The new regulation replaced the Presidential Decree No. 74/2013 cancelled by Supreme Court in last June. The regulation put alcoholic beverages under government’s control.“The regulation is related to alcoholic beverages from both domestic and import, including their sales,” Article 3 Paragraph 3 at Presidential Decree No. 74/2013 says.
The new regulation put alcoholic beverages into three categories, namely Class A, B and C. Class A consists of beverages containing ethyl alcohol or ethanol (C2H5OH) with a level up to five percent. Class B is for beverages with ethanol more than five to 20 percent, while Class C is for beverages with ethanol more than 20 to 55 percent.
The regulation also gives authority to governors, regents, and mayors to determine where alcoholic beverages can be sold or consumed. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed to be sold near worship places, schools, and hospitals.