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Thai drinkers fight back against online booze ban

Maya Taylor



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The recent confirmation from the government that online sales of alcohol are to be banned is causing outrage among some booze lovers. With officials seemingly obsessed with the perceived evils of alcohol, Thailand already has a ban on the sale of booze before 11am, between 2 – 5pm, and after midnight. It is also illegal to brew your own beer at home, and to post pictures of branded alcohol online, either as a private citizen or as a company. However, it is the government’s latest announcement, that drinkers will no longer be able to purchase their favourite tipple online, that has really got people riled.

Coconuts reports that a drinkers’ advocacy group is now preparing to fight the imminent ban, which has been published in the Royal Gazette (making it official) and is due to come into force on December 7. Thanakorn Tuamsa-ngiam, founder of the Prachachon Beer (Beer People) group, is urging its 20,000 members to join him in filing an official complaint about the impending ban.

“Nothing makes sense. It’s ironic that the people affected by these laws never got a chance to voice their opinions in the legal process. Whoever is affected by this ban, please join us in filing complaints to the Administrative Court.”

For its part, the government says the Covid-19 lockdown has caused a spike in online alcohol sales, pointing out that digital transactions make it difficult to control who is buying booze and at what time.

Thanakorn has hit back at the suggestion that online sales cause underage drinking, calling for proof, and accusing the government of going for a ban when there’s no justification to back it up.

“There is nothing to prove that kids are ordering booze. Where is the research, where are the numbers?”

Meanwhile, the president of the Alcoholic Beverage Business Association, Thanakorn Kuptaijit, has also hit out at the legislation. He accuses the government of having another agenda, claiming the ban on home-brew is only in place to safeguard the hold powerful brewers have over 90% of the industry.

Meanwhile, Thailand continues to have a litany of downstream problems relating to alcohol abuse including one of the world’s highest road tolls, per capita, and domestic violence – in both cases mainly attributed to abuse of alcohol.

SOURCE: Coconuts


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    Friday, September 11, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Thailand 0.2

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    rinky stingpiece

    Friday, September 11, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    The amount of money farang spend on beer or because of beer, and not very good beer, seems to be lost on these people. They seem determined to destroy their economy and kill off any remnants of fun and relaxation. If anything, the Thai alcohol industry needs deregulation and opening up to competition from higher quality foreign brewers. Alcohol is the oil that greases the wheels of tourism and trickles down into the pockets of ordinary Thai people all over the country. The biggest consumers per person are foreign tourists, not Thais.

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      Raphael Hythlodaeus

      Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      Well said.

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      Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 9:37 am

      Even China is more open to competition than Thailand.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, September 11, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Another day another ban in Thailand.
    The word thai means free, therefore Thailand land of the free.
    Not free from nonsense bans though . . .

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    Joseph McKee

    Friday, September 11, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    “Nothing makes sense”. Really? Online competes with domestic supplier. Unless of course you buy Singha on line.

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    James Pate

    Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 3:43 am

    Another knee-jerk reaction from a gov’t that doesn’t have a clue. Weren’t we supposed to be moving toward a digital economy? Isn’t drinking at home safer for everyone and the environment? Must we wait for the new generation to turn 60 so that they can get into gov’t?

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