Flashermac Posted July 24, 2015 Report Share Posted July 24, 2015 Itâ€™s the last Friday of the month, your paycheck has dropped and leaving the office itâ€™s time to wash the week away. You start at Siam Paragon or CentralWorldâ€™s Groove for dinner and wine with your tii rak, but theyâ€™re not serving. You head to a sports bar on Sukhumvit Road for some brew with your crew, but itâ€™s gone dark. Desperate you race to Soi Cowboy to find the vodka locked up. Impossible as it is to imagine this scenario being real, that's the reality of a new ban on alcohol sales signed into law Monday and expected to go into effect next month. As written and enacted under the military governmentâ€™s special â€œSection 44â€ powers, the ban is for all alcohol sales â€“ shopping malls, pubs, restaurants and everything â€“ within 300 meters of schools. The only exemptions are for registered hotels and government-designated entertainment zones such as Patpong, Royal City Avenue-upper Thonglor, and that stretch of big box clubs on Ratchadapisek Road. The stated purpose of the ban is to counter student drinking and violence, but the groups pushing the ban are the usual umbrella organizations of anti-alcohol prohibitionists. This time they landed on a more compelling argument than â€œitâ€™s badâ€ at a time when legislative hurdles can be brushed aside with the stroke of a pen. The trade association representing alcohol sellers is, unsurprisingly, opposed to the measure and has made vocal arguments about the lawâ€™s ineffectiveness and outsized impact. â€œImagine foreigners go into expensive restaurants but cannot order wine,â€ Thanakorn Kuptajit, president of the Thai Alcoholic Beverage Business Association told Coconuts. â€œPlaces like Hard Rock cafe in Siam or even Soi Cowboy will be affected.â€ As to the stated purpose of the ban, the association believes stricter enforcement of age limits makes more sense, because if you donâ€™t want young people drinking, just donâ€™t allow them to buy. â€œThe old law which prohibited underage drinkers is more right-to-the-point than this new law,â€ Thanakorn said. But setting aside debate over its merits and intent, it would have a huge effect if it goes into effect as written. â€œNo person shall sell alcohol beverages within 300 meters from the boundary line of tertiary education institution and vocational institution pursuant to the laws on national education,â€ the order amending the Alcohol Beverage Control Act states. http://bangkok.cocon...ets-prohibition Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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