The 1979 law prohibiting the sale of any type of alcohol to women on the island of 21 million people was overturned in an effort to strike sexist bills from the statute books, said a spokesman for the finance ministry.
"The idea was to restore gender neutrality," Ali Hassen told AFP of the decision Wednesday to roll back the ban.
The move also repeals a ban on women working in places where alcoholic drinks are made or sold, like bars.
Liquor vendors are still forbidden to sell spirits to police or members of the armed forces in uniform, Hassen said.
Under new measures also passed by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, bars and pubs can remain open longer.
The relaxed laws on alcohol have provoked a backlash in some quarters of the majority-Buddhist nation.
Samaraweera has said that strict curbs on Sri Lanka's licenced liquor manufacturers only encourage a black market for spirits, and deprive the state of much-needed revenue.
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