DDC approves 7-11 draught beer sales

DDC approves 7-11 draught beer sales

The Public Health Ministry's department in charge confirms it's perfectly legal for the 7-Eleven clerk to pour you a draught brew – so long as she blurs the brand name. (File photo)
The Public Health Ministry's department in charge confirms it's perfectly legal for the 7-Eleven clerk to pour you a draught brew – so long as she blurs the brand name. (File photo)

American-Japanese convenience store chainis not breaking the law by offering beer on tap as long as it is poured by cashiers rather than customers, the Department of Disease Control says.

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7-Eleven can keep draught beer pumps, says DDC

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American-Japanese convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, which is fast replacing small family-owned stores nationwide, is not breaking the law by offering beer on tap as long as it is poured by cashiers rather than customers, Department of Disease Control (DDC) deputy director Asadang Ruayajin said this week.

Mr Asadang made the remark as debate rages in Thailand about whether draught beer should go on sale in convenience stores after 7-Eleven introduced it at a number of its outlets on Yaowarat Road (Chinatown), the city's top tourist attraction for street food.

He said legal action could not be brought against the company because while an automatic vending machine would represent a breach of Section 30 (1) of the Alcohol Control Act, a beer dispenser operated by store staff is fully within the law.

Moreover, a recent inspection of the stores in question showed the dispensing machines had labels attached to obscure beer brands' logos, in line with Section 32 of the act, he said.

Advertising alcohol for commercial purposes is banned under this section of the act.

The DDC visited the stores after receiving a petition urging it do so.

Some critics are upset with the idea of having youngsters queueing to pay for their goods while watching alcoholic beverages poured practically under their noses.

The department said it is watching the stores in Bangkok but has found no transgressions at the branches it inspected.

Around 10 were found to have been equipped with beer dispensers, it said.

The draught beer retails at 49 baht a glass.

Songkran Parkchokdee, director of ThaiHealth's Stop Drink Network, said alcohol beverage sales need to be curbed as these drinks impair decision-making and driving capacity while leading to a host of health problems.

He predicted a domino effect with other stores and industries forced to follow in 7-Eleven's shoes for the sake of keeping up with the competition, making alcohol sales ubiquitous.

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Vocabulary

  • acronym: a word formed from the first letters of the words that make up the name of something, for example ‘AIDS’ is an acronym for ‘acquired immune deficiency syndrome’ - ตัวย่อ, คำย่อจากพยัญชนะตัวแรกหลายคำ
  • Act: a law passed by a country’s government - พ.ร.บ. พระราชบัญญัติ
  • advertising: telling the public about a product or a service, political candidate, etc. in order to encourage people to buy, use or support it - การโฆษณา
  • attached (verb): fastened or joined together - ติดกัน, ต่อ, ยึดติด
  • attraction (noun): an interesting or enjoyable place to go or thing to do - สิ่งที่ดึงดูดความสนใจ
  • banned: officially not allowed to do something - ห้ามอย่างเป็นทางการ  ถูกตัดสิทธิ
  • beverage: a drink of any type - เครื่องดื่ม
  • brand: a type of product made by a particular company - ตรา, ยี่ห้อ
  • breach (noun): a failure to follow a law or rule - การละเมิดกฎหมาย, การละเมิดกฎข้อบังคับ
  • capacity: the ability to do a particular thing - ความสามารถ,สมรรถภาพ
  • cashier: a person whose job is to receive and pay out money in a bank, shop/store, hotel, etc. - พนักงานรับจ่ายเงิน
  • chain: a group of businesses (restaurants, hotels, etc.) owned by the same company - บริษัทต่างๆที่อยู่ในเครือเดียวกัน
  • commercial: for business purposes - เกี่ยวกับการค้า
  • convenience store: a shop/store that sells food, newspapers, etc. and often stays open 24 hours a day - ร้านสะดวกซื้อ
  • critics: people who don’t like something and who state their opinion about it - นักวิจารณ์
  • curbed (verb): controlled or limited - จำกัดขอบเขต, ควบคุม
  • customer (noun): a person or an organisation that buys something from a shop/store or business - ลูกค้า
  • debate: a discussion in which people or groups state different opinions about a subject - การอภิปราย, การโต้วาที, การถกเถียง
  • decision (noun): a choice or judgement that you make after thinking and talking about what is the best thing to do - การตัดสินใจ
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • director (noun): the head of a school or organisation - ผู้อำนวยการ
  • dispenser (noun): a machine or special container that gives things to people - เครื่องแจกจ่ายสิ่งของ
  • dispensing machine (noun): a machine or special container that gives things to people เครื่องแจกจ่ายสิ่งของ - เครื่องแจกจ่ายสิ่งของ
  • domino effect (noun): the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall) - ผลกระทบต่อเนื่อง
  • draught beer (noun): beer that is stored in and served from a large container, usually a barrel. - เบียร์สด
  • equipped: having what is necessary to do something - ครบครัน, ซึ่งมีเครื่องประกอบพร้อม
  • for the sake of: for the benefit or good of someone or something - เพื่อ
  • host (noun): a large number of people or things - กลุ่มคนจำนวนมาก, สิ่งของจำนวนมาก
  • identify: to specify - ระบุ
  • impair (verb): to damage something or make something worse - ทำให้แย่ลง, ทำให้คุณภาพลดลง, ทำให้เสียหาย
  • in line with: following a rule or system; also in accordance with and consistent with - สอดคล้องกับ
  • in question: that is being discussed - อันที่ คนที่ สิ่งที่กำลังพูดถึง
  • inspect: to look at something carefully - ตรวจสอบ, ตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
  • inspection: an official process of checking that things are in the correct condition or that people are doing what they should - การตรวจสอบตรวจตรา
  • keeping up with: continuing something at the same, usually high, level; to move, make progress or increase at the same rate as somebody/something - ทำต่อไป, ดำเนินต่อไป, ตามให้ทัน, ไล่ตาม, ตามทัน
  • label (noun): a piece of paper, etc. that is attached to something and that gives information about it - ฉลาก, แถบ
  • legal: relating to the law - เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
  • logo: a printed design or symbol that a company or an organization uses as its special sign - โลโก้, เครื่องหมาย
  • moreover (adv): in addition; furthermore - ยิ่งกว่านั้น, จากนั้น
  • nationwide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
  • network: a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย
  • on tap: in a barrel with a tap (a device for controlling the flow of water from a pipe ) on it -
  • operate: to carry out an activity like running a business - ดำเนินการ
  • outlets (noun): shops or places where a particular product is sold - ร้านขายสินค้า, ร้านขายสินค้าจากโรงงาน
  • petition: a request of someone in authority to do something - คำร้อง
  • pour (verb): to make a liquid or other substance flow from a container in a continuous stream, especially by holding the container at an angle - เท
  • practically: almost -
  • predict: to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience - คาดการณ์ว่า พยากรณ์จากสถิติว่า
  • queue (verb): to stand in a line waiting for something - เข้าคิว, เข้าแถว
  • rage (verb): to continue with a lot of force, anger or violence - ลุกลาม
  • replace: to change from one thing to another - แทน
  • retail: to sell directly to the public for their own use - ขายปลีก
  • section: any of the parts into which something is divided, such as a law, constitution or contract - ส่วน, มาตรา
  • staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน
  • transgression: breaking a law or moral rule - การกระทำผิด
  • ubiquitous (adj): seeming to be everywhere or in several places at the same time - ซึ่งมีอยู่ทุกหนทุกแห่ง
  • upset: unhappy or disappointed because of something unpleasant that has happened - ว้าวุ่นใจ, กังวลใจ, ไม่สบายใจ, สับสน
  • urge: to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take - ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
  • vending machine: a machine which contains products that can be bought by putting in coins or banknotes - ตู้ขายสินค้า  เช่นตู้ขายขนม ตู้ขายน้ำดื่ม ตู้ขายกาแฟ ในที่นี้หมายถึงเครื่องขายหวยอัตโนมัติ
  • youngster: a young person or a child - คนหนุ่มคนสาว, เด็ก
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