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Thai Public Health Ministry bans alcohol sale on Asanha Bucha and Buddhist Lent Days

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BANGKOK, 1 August 2012 (NNT) – The Ministry of Public Health is banning the sale of alcohol on the upcoming Asarnha Bucha and Buddhist Lent Days, which fall on August 2 and 3, respectively.

Following the Cabinet’s resolution to designate Buddhist Lent Day each year as the “No Alcohol Day”, an announcement was issued by the Prime Minister’s Office in 2009, stating that the sale of alcohol would be prohibited on four major religious holidays, namely Makha Bucha Day, Visakha Bucha Day, Asanha Bucha Day and Buddhist Lent Day.

Like any other year, Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri confirmed that the alcohol ban will also be imposed during this year’s Asanha Bucha and Buddhist Lent Days. However, the ban will not cover hotels registered under the Hotel Act.

The Minister said that in addition to violating Buddhist principles, alcohol consumption can lead to a number of social issues, such as drunk-driving and crimes.

The Public Health Ministry is coordinating with health offices nationwide to closely monitor establishments and entertainment venues in their provinces. Violators of the ban will face a jail term of up to six months, or a fine of up to 10,000 baht, or both.

Members of the public who witness illegal sales of alcoholic drinks on both of the religious occasions are advised to contact local authorities at 0-2590-3342.

Read more: NNT

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