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TFRD launches anti-drinking programme in North

The Thai Foundation for Responsible Drinking (TFRD) is collaborating with the Department of Land Transport on the new programme "Alcohol We Know", which is directed at the Reserve Officer Training Cops Students (ROTCS). The programme is being run this month and next at the Reserve Affairs Centre in Chiang Mai with the first session taking place on January 7.

The programme aims to teach ROTCS about driving safely and the dangers of young people drinking alcohol.

Seven thousand students from Chiang Mai and Lamphun are participating in this programme, which is being facilitated by instructors from the Department of Land Transport.

"Alcohol is a major contributor to motorbike accidents and fatal crashes among young people," said the TFRD's Dr Olan Chongviwat.

"The Thai Foundation for Responsible Drinking aims to lower harmful drinking behaviour such as excessive drinking, drunk driving, drinking in pregnancy and especially underage drinking, which causes health and social problems further down the line. Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are the most likely to drink excessively. The Foundation's goal is to discourage underage drinking and lower excessive consumption.

The foundation regularly runs programme to reduce harmful drinking. These include "Are You 20?", which asks for the support of retailers, pubs and bars in not selling alcoholic beverage to young people under the age of 20 in accordance with Thai law.


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