An anonymous “alcohol dealer” has taken to Reddit for an IAMI to describe the ins and outs of selling the illicit substance in Kuwait, a country where alcohol is illegal and posession or driving under the influence could result in “your immediate imprisonment” according to the State Department.
Here’s some of the highlights:
You get it from the airport or make it at home
“I would usually get it from my friend at the airport, or home-made. Sometimes I would sell stuff that a friend had left over from a home made batch of their own, or because they were leaving the country and needed to get rid of it.”
The money is good
“Yes, I could charge ridiculous amounts for “brand named” alcohol like Johnnie Walker black label and get away with it. And I would sell Black Label for about 100 – 150 KD which is basically $350-500 USD.”
Smuggling is hard, making your own is easier
“I would get at most 10-15 bottles a month smuggled in. Some months I’d get only 5 or none. Most of the alcohol I had contact with and sold was homemade. Homemade is so much easier to deal with, because it can be sold cheaper, its made cheaper, smuggling isnt an issue(transporting is), and you can put it in any container and no one will question the validity of the alcohol.”
More on the homemade alcohol
“I have met people who turned their extra bathroom into an entire distillery-Pretty fancy stuff too. Or you had people who just threw yeast and sugar in a grape juice box and left it in the closet for a few weeks.”
A lot of adult males drink alcohol in Kuwait
“Just once in a while? I’m guessing maybe 75-80 per cent. I do know people who dont drink at all, and I know a good number of people who would rather travel outside the country where its legal to go drink. And of course I know loads of people who go drinking every weekend.”
It’s a fascinating read, and it looks like the “alcohol dealer” is still asking questions. There have been rumours in the last few years that Kuwait would legalise alcohol, perhaps only for foreigners, but those rumours have not come to fruition.
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