Restaurants Want Midday Drinking Ban Ditched
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. People in China's liquor industry say they just can't keep doing business this way. Liquor makers and restaurateurs have taken a financial hit now that Communist Party leaders cannot get drunk at lunch. A Chinese province banned party officials and civil servants from midday drinking on workdays. One hundred local officials were reprimanded for ignoring the rule, and now restaurants are working to overturn the ban, saying business is noticeably down. It's MORNING EDITION.
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