Province bans booze at official banquets
Anhui province has banned alcoholic beverages at official banquets, except those held to attract investment or involving foreign affairs.
The new rule is considered the toughest in the country and was made in response to criticism from the country’s top anti-graft body.
The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection sent a team of inspectors to the province in February, following a prior visit in 2013. After the inspection, the anti-graft watchdog said publicly that excessive drinking at official banquets was popular among the province’s officials and “should be curbed immediately and effectively”.
A report by Beijing Times said, “Tough as the new rule is, it still has loopholes.” The newspaper wondered whether more official banquets would be held in the name of attracting investment, as drinking alcohol on such occasions is excluded from the ban.