An Indian state that proposed a complete alcohol ban within ten years is to water down its plans after an industry backlash, according to reports.

Kerala, on India's south-west peninsula, said in August it would start closing bars and withholding licences as a first step to outlawing alcohol. The government said the measures were necessary to curb excessive drinking in the state, which reportedly has the highest per-capita consumption of alcohol in India.

But last week, chief minister Oommen Chandy sad he will ease the proposals, saying alcohol stores would now stay open on Sundays and hotels would be allowed to sell light alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer, the BBC reported. Chandy said thousands of people had lost their jobs since the bars closed down, with ten people committing suicide. 

According to the BBC, bar owners and hotels in Kerala had challenged the order in court.

Last week, Thai authorities reportedly axed a proposal to ban alcohol sales over the New Year and Thai New Year celebrations.