Alcohol Control Act


Notification of the Office of the Prime Minister
RE: Determination of Days of Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverage Sales (No. 2)
B.E. 2552 (A.D. 2009)


Notification of the Alcohol Beverage Control Committee
RE: Pattern and Method for the Display of Symbol of Alcoholic Beverage or Symbol of the Company Manufacturing the Alcoholic Beverage
B.E. 2553(A.D. 2010)


Thai Regulations against Alcohol Consumption

     Through concerted action thus far, Thailand currently has passed the following regulations and had the following campaigns to reduce the consumption of alcoholic beverages:

1. Cabinet Resolution of 29 July 2003, which includes regulations that:

  • Limit the times when alcohol may be advertised on television and radio stations by forbidding advertisements between 05:00 – 22:00 (not including beverages that contain less than 0.5% alcohol by weight).
  • Control the content of advertisements during the permitted time period to show only the company logo or certain permitted activities.
  • Establish alcohol advertisement-free zones in a 500 meter radius around educational institutions, national sporting events and cinemas
  • Require a warning on alcoholic beverage containers and on billboards, specifying a size and color that can be clearly seen.
  • Set a minimum age to purchase alcohol, forbidding the distribution to children under the age of 18.
  • Set punishments for violators of these regulations.

2. The Prime Minister accepted a set of principles following the recommendations of the Road Safety Center and entrusted their implementation to the National Committee for Alcohol Consumption Control on 1 October 2004, with the following additional provisions:

  • Regulations for a concentrated education and public relations campaign, emphasizing preventing alcohol drinking initiation and reducing or eliminating consumption among current drinkers.
  • Regulations to create and support the formation of groups that will undertake anti-alcohol activities, such as school children and university students’ groups, community leaders, volunteers, and the private sector, in order to be a network or movement.
  • Regulations to increase the rate of excise tax.
  • Regulations to issue licenses and increase the alcohol distribution licensing fee.
  • Regulations to establish alcohol distribution and consumption-free zones, such as religious institutions, educational institutions, and convenience stores at gas stations.

3. The Cabinet Resolution of 27 July 2004 established Sunday as Healthy Family Day, by having government agencies come up with and campaign for regulations to eliminate alcoholic beverages, cigarettes and other addictive vices, and to promote activities done together as a family.

4. Campaigns during festivals and important days to alter attitudes and popular values and to create a consciousness among the public to have them take interest in social problems, including guarding against different communication channels by which alcohol producers and distributors might use to reach their target groups.

These regulations have been carried out by many agencies and organizations. Some issues have not yet been truly implemented. Over the past 3 years, various agencies have cooperated with each other and have established a coordinating office to join in campaigning on this issue.

The wisdom and knowledge development process has the Center for Alcohol Studies, National Health Foundation, and the Institute of Health Research (Chulalongkorn University), as its main implementing agencies.

The policy development process has the National Committee for Alcohol Consumption Control, Ministry of Public Health, as its primary implementing agency.

The social movement process has as its main implementing agencies the partners in the StopDrink Network, with the StopDrink Network Office as the coordinating agency.