The Public Health Ministry has proposed two options: ban the sale of alcohol completely or allow restaurants, clubs, and hotels with licenses to sell booze from 6pm until midnight during the Thai New Year. The alcohol ban is the government’s attempt to curb alcohol-fuelled road accidents during the long vacation. Every year, hundreds of people are killed during the 4-day festival. Anti-alcohol groups will rally next week to call on the government to ban alcohol completely in order to protect lives, rather than to favor business operators and alcohol manufacturers by allowing limited alcohol sales.
The Nation