Iran is laws closely follow edicts given by strict Muslim clerics who took over the country in 1979. However, before the Shah was removed from power, Iranian culture was quite progressive and Westernized.Many Iranians who enjoyed considerable freedoms before 1979 never gave up their desire for Western culture and still try to enjoy it behind closed doors. For most of us who perceive Iranians as radical or completely devout, the reality is actually quite shocking.
#1. Iranians consume an enormous amount of alcohol
60–80 million liters of alcoholic beverages are smuggled into the country every year. The official punishment for consuming alcohol in Iran is 80 lashes, a barbaric punishment that millions of citizens risk every year just so they can drink. These draconian laws were first put into place in 1979 when the shah was overthrown, and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini came to power.