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Tougher use of alcohol promotion laws coming soon to Phuket

PHUKET: A health official has confirmed details of a report by the Chiang Mai City News that indicates that a much more rigorous application of the Alcohol Control Act of 2008 is on its way soon.


Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 27 August 2014, 02:23PM


Beer girls (or in this case a vodka girl) are a thing of the past. Note that, in accordance with the rules, we have blurred the name of the beverage.
Beer girls (or in this case a vodka girl) are a thing of the past. Note that, in accordance with the rules, we have blurred the name of the beverage.

Among the results will be:

  • A ban on “beer girls” -- pretty girls who promote beers at events or in bars;

  • Health warnings on all alcohol products (details reported earlier by The Phuket News here);

  • A ban on the use of used bottles of alcohol for decoration;

  • An end to happy hours;

  • A ban on promoting alcohol through word of mouth;

  • A ban on alcohol-branded glasses, ashtrays, beer mats and other bar paraphernalia; and A ban on any promotion of alcohol consumption.

Those breaking the law face hefty fines or even prison sentences of up to six months.

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Dr Prapa Nakara, Director of Non-communicable Diseases at the Phuket Public Health Office, whose task it is to keep an eye on alcohol-related issues told The Phuket News today (August 27), “We work on alcohol marketing anyway. This is not a special crackdown because this law was passed in 2008.

“When it comes to advertising in publications, on billboards or elsewhere each cases has be considered in terms of what the motivation is.

“If the motivation is to get people to drink alcohol, we will check it out and report the case to the Governor of Phuket. The police are responsible for upholding this law.

“I have come across cases such as public announcements along the lines of “Buy one, get one free.” These are not correct. If they say “We didn’t know about that,” our response is that any alcohol-related business owner must know.

“Of course, I don’t know about every place [on the island] where they promote alcohol openly so if you have the information and photos let us know and we will investigate.

“What happens after that will depend on the police and the courts.”

Those wanting advice on the precise rules about advertising, promotion and marketing of alcohol can get it from the Phuket Public Health Office.

The original Chiang Mai City News report is here.

 

 

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Scullster | 28 August 2014 - 22:13:13

I think there is a misinterpretation of the law, from a more official source http://www.bangkokpost.com/print/369775/ it states pretty clearly that time ban applies to retailers, and that bars, restaurants and hotels are exempt.  I think this subject needs leaving alone or clarification from Prayuth.  Get a grip please and stop scaremongering tourists, otherwise I will holiday elsewhere.  A few weeks back patong was subject to a 2:00am shutdown, similar to Bangkok, and this was all over th epresss too, where's that one gone?

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4wins | 28 August 2014 - 12:21:20

Why dont they do like in my home country (Sweden) rise tax on beer and alkoholic and lower it for wine? 
In generally you dont drink wine to get drunk!

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Warlock30 | 28 August 2014 - 00:03:46

It sounds like they are saying this isn't new, they are only enforcing the 2008 law.  Is the Midnight shutdown of alcohol sales and consumption a part of that law?  If yes, then they might try to enforce it.  If no, it probably isn't an issue they'll deal with in the immediate future.

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LivinLOS | 27 August 2014 - 16:22:45

And the 12 O clock / Midnight ban on alcohol sales ?? 

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