Talks planned for additional alcohol control measures in areas near educational institutes


BANGKOK, 12 June 2015 – The Ministry of Public Health will soon discuss additional alcohol control measures for areas in the vicinity of educational institutes with relevant authorities, after finding that alcohol continued to be sold to students despite current regulations.

Dr. Rajata Rajatanavin, the minister of public health, indicated on Thursday that although the alcohol control law bans the sale of liquor within a 500 meters radius of an educational institute, sellers continued to violate the law and sell alcohol to students.

Dr. Rajata noted that currently, mini-marts are allowed to sell liquor during certain hours. However, the question of whether mini-marts with liquor has to be located outside the 500 meters radius must to be discussed with the Office of the Alcohol Control Committee. A conclusion is expected to be reached within two weeks.