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New Year alcohol measures stay

BANGKOK The National Alcoholic Beverage Policy Committee has continued its drink don’t drive campaign to promote safe driving and to reduce the number of accidents caused by drunk driving over the coming New Year holidays.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 23 December 2022, 02:31PM


Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha, in his capacity as the chairman of the committee, said on Thursday (Dec 22) that the committee did not agree on the proposal requested by night entertainment venues to extend the selling of alcoholic drinks to 4am in popular tourism destinations to stimulate economic and tourism, reports Bangkok Post.

They also requested that the committee scrap the restricted alcohol sale hours between 2pm and 5pm and extend the selling hours from midnight to 2am.

"Many researchers have found that extended alcohol selling hours can lead to higher consumption of alcohol, which potentially results in a higher risk of violent crimes. Therefore, the National Alcoholic Beverage Policy Committee agreed to maintain the existing measures," said Mr Sathit

The existing measures are allowing the sale of alcoholic drinks between 11am to 2pm and 5pm to midnight, he said, adding that the sales hours will not be extended even during the New Year.

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Dr Tares Krassanairawiwong, director-general of the Department of Disease Control, said that during the "Seven Dangerous Days" during the New Year (Dec 29 last year-Jan 4 this year), there were 2,707 road accidents nationwide with 2,672 casualties and 333 fatalities.

According to data from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, road accidents caused by drunk drivers accounted for 29.51% of the cases.

A translation of the Alcohol Beverage Control Act B.E. 2551 can be found here.

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Pooliekev | 25 December 2022 - 14:32:39

@JohnC. Anybody with even a rudimentary grasp of English couldn't possibly misconstrue 'drink, don't drive' as promoting bad behaviour. Perhaps English is not your first language? 

Old guy | 24 December 2022 - 17:58:09

@JohnC: just another example of a poor Thailand education, even at the top 
levels. Thailand continues to choose to remain a 3rd world country. 

JohnC | 24 December 2022 - 09:39:49

The slogan "drink don't drive" can easily be seen as promoting the drinking of more alcohol. Why not use "Don't drink and drive"?

Old guy | 23 December 2022 - 14:48:44

What a massive load of buffalo 

 

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