The Turkish province of Afyon has banned the sale and consumption of alcohol in public places, Hurriyet reported, citing a directive from Governor Irfan Balkanlioglu.
The measure was taken after Health Minister Recep Akdag said Turkey needed to fight alcohol as it does cigarettes, the Istanbul-based newspaper said.
The measure is intended to prevent traffic accidents and crimes, keep public order and prevent alcohol consumers from occupying certain areas of the city and causing unrest, Hurriyet quoted the directive as saying.
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