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63 nabbed for alcohol ads and drinks

Public Health officials have punished 63 of the 204 alcohol vendors inspected from December 27-30 in Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phetchabun, Loei and Chiang Mai - mostly for alcohol advertising and selling alcoholic beverages via prohibited promotional discounts.

First offenders face up to a year in jail and/or a fine up to Bt500,000 plus a daily fine of Bt50,000 until the advert is taken down. Repeat offenders face up to six months in jail and/or a fine up to Bt10,000.

A new "trick" found by officials - a "beer buffet" that encouraged people to drink more - could lead to accidents, according to Dr Saman Futrakul, director of the Disease Control Department's Office of Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco Consumption Control Committee.


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