Patchara Anuntasilpa, director general of the Excise Department, said the department is studying the possibility of increasing tax rates on non-alcoholic beer.
Currently it is subject to tax of 14 per cent or between Bt5-12 per can, similar to tax rates on sugary drinks.
He said the Public Health Ministry was worried that non-alcoholic beer may encourage young people to drink, so the department wanted to push up its prices by increasing the tax.
The Public Health Ministry also prohibits producers from advertising non-alcoholic beer and requires them to call them "malt drinks".
Normal beer is subject to tax of 22 per cent of its price and alcohol content. Currently the minimum alcohol content for beer is 0.5 per cent.
The new tax will be introduced after Songkran, he added.