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An anti-alcohol group has held a seminar to discuss the effectiveness of the country’s laws that control alcohol consumption.
At the “10th anniversary of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act for Thai society” seminar, Dr. Bandit Sornpaisarn, the Deputy Manager of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, said that Thailand has been on a better path since the law was enacted as purchases of alcoholic drinks and access to stores that sell them have been declining.
Dr. Bandit added that, while the number of such stores also fell across the country, alcohol sales in men’s dormitories have continued to show frequent law violations.
In addition, it was found that underage purchases of alcoholic drinks rose to 88 percent this year from 83 percent recorded 10 years ago, just as exposure to alcohol advertisement has also risen drastically.
Director of the Stop Drink Network, Songkran Pakchokdee added that most Thais have become more informed about laws related to alcoholic drinks and consumption, over the past 10 years.