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Alcohol-free zones for Bangkok

THAILAND: New regulations introducing alcohol-free zones in specific public locations have been introduced in Bangkok to reduce violence and binge drinking.

Saturday 10 September 2011, 02:51AM

City authorities, including the the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), identified danger spots for binge drinking and declared public parks, government buildings and police stations off limits for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

The introduction of the public alcohol-free zones follows the recent signing of a memorandum of understanding between the BMA and the Ministry of Public Health, agreeing that alcoholic drinks can only be sold in private clubs in the designated zones.

According to the Phuket Governor’s Office, existing Public Health regulations already prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public places, such as parks and temples, in Phuket and the rest of Thailand without the need to introduce additional regulations.

Current law also prohibits supplying alcohol to people under 20 years of age and alcoholic beverages can only be served or sold in the hours from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 12 am.




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