PM orders ban on alcohol sales near universities

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BANGKOK, 22 July 2015 – Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has signed an official announcement from the Prime Minister’s Office banning alcohol sales within 300 meters of universities and vocational colleges.

The new rule is an amendment of Sections 4 and 27 of the 2008 Alcohol Control Act. Alcohol sales within 300 meters of higher-education institutions governed by the education law are now officially outlawed.

However, the announcement stated that the new ban will not apply to hotels and other service operators established legally under royal decree.

The ban will be enforced 30 days after it is published in the Royal Gazette.

The rule has been widely supported by the anti-alcohol networks and the public sector, responding to growing concerns over the rising number of young drinkers.