People urged to refrain from alcohol in Buddhist Lent

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BANGKOK, 29 July 2011 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has encouraged people to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages during this Buddhist Lent as a tribute to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej upon this 84th birthday anniversary.

Deputy Bangkok Governor Medical Doctor Malinee Sukvejvorakij on Thursday presided over an activity campaigning people to refrain from alcoholic beverages during the Buddhist Lent at Pracha Niwet Market in Chatuchak district in Bangkok.

As part of the campaign, the deputy governor joined others in signing a pledge to abstain from alcoholic beverages during the Lent. Other activities featured a mini play reflecting ill effects from alcoholic beverage consumption as well as consulting sessions for alcoholic people.

Medical Doctor Malinee stated that the BMA gives importance to the campaign encouraging people to refrain from alcoholic beverages since the habit can lead to accidents and crimes, and can damage health of consumers as well as the mental health of surrounding people.

The project to discouragage people at market places from alcoholic drinks has started on a pilot basis during this Buddhist Lent and will be continued as long as possible. The campaign will be launched at 17 fresh markets in Bangkok receiving the diamond standard certifications and will be expanded to others with the gold standard recognition next year.