Disease Control Department promises enforcement of law to curb new drinkers

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BANGKOK, 3 October 2013 The Department of Disease Control has asserted it will strictly enforce available laws to curb the sale of alcohol around universities, to help reduce the number of new drinkers. 

Around 30 members of alcoholic drinks monitoring groups and student groups on Wednesday met with the Disease Control Department chief to hand over information the networks have compiled regarding alcohol sales around campuses. The networks called for measures to be issued to ban alcohol sale in a 300 meters radius around campuses, a proposal scaled down from the networks’ earlier call for a 500 meters radius. The activists also called for stricter enforcement of the alcoholic beverage control law.

Furthermore, the networks lobbied the Disease Control Department to consider banning the use of celebrities and athletes to present alcoholic beverages, whether directly or indirectly.