Tougher enforcement of the 2008 Alcohol Beverage Control Act from 2007 to 2011 has resulted in a decrease in consumer expenditure on alcohol of 18 billion baht, an academic forum was told.
The continuous implementation of various anti-alcohol campaigns and the enforcement of the law to reduce access to alcohol resulted in a decrease in public spending on booze from 155 billion baht in 2007 to 137 billion baht in 2011. This meant people reduced their purchases of alcohol, totaling almost 18 billion baht during the five-year span, Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) manager Krisada Ruangareerat revealed on Thursday.
Harmful levels of drinking also tended to be lower, from 9.1% between 2003 and 2004 to 7.3% between 2008 and 2009, he said.
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