Bottles of Tsingtao beer are placed on shelves at a supermarket in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters/Aly Song

The China Insurance Regulatory Commission has banned alcohol from all its offices and subsidiary departments to get in line with the country’s anti-corruption campaign, Caixin reported on Thursday.

All employees of China’s top insurance regulator and its subsidiaries will be prohibited from drinking alcohol during working hours, at lunchtime, or during public activities, according to an announcement. Alcohol will be also banned from receptions, banquets and as gifts to officials.

The commission said the move will “establish a good, civilized, efficient, honest and diligent image of its staff,” adding that it is also important to “take the lead in abiding by the system.”

Staffs and officials who violate the ban will be subjected to punishment. Supervisors should also take responsibility for ensuring its implementation, the commission said.