Nan has nation's heaviest alcohol use: survey

People march in an alcohol-free campaign in Bangkok. (File photo)
People march in an alcohol-free campaign in Bangkok. (File photo)

More alcohol was consumed in the northern province of Nan last year than in any other province, according to a survey aired at a seminar organised by the Centre for Addiction Studies.

Dr Athip Tanaree from Srithanya Hospital revealed the results of the provincial alcohol consumption survey during a Bangkok seminar that observed behaviour related to alcohol consumption among 84,000 people nationwide in 2021.

The heaviest alcohol consumption was reported in Nan, followed by Chiang Rai, Phrae, Mukdahan and Phayao, whereas Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat, Phangnga and Sing Buri had the lowest alcohol consumption, Dr Athip said.

Lampang, which had the highest alcohol consumption in 2017, dropped in ranking to 22nd, while Chanthaburi dropped from 4th to 18th and Sukhothai from 5th to 17th, he said.

Heavy alcohol consumption among adult drinkers was reported in the north and northeast, while teenage drinkers were mostly found in central regions.

One of the findings of the survey showed that 28% of drinkers were teenagers aged 15 and over. The legal drinking age in Thailand is 20.

Among those surveyed, 43.8% said they frequently drank at least weekly, while 35.9% said they drank heavily.

Meanwhile, the Accident Prevention Network (APN), the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and related organisations have joined in a campaign to raise awareness among motorists about the dangers of drunk driving.

"We need to create understanding among people that even just drinking a small amount of alcohol leads to the increased possibility of being involved in a road accident," said Prommin Kantiya, director of APN.


  • awareness: knowing that something exists, or having knowledge or experience of a particular thing - การรับรู้, การทราบ, ความตระหนัก
  • behaviour: the way that someone acts or behaves - พฤติกรรม, การกระทำตัว
  • campaign: a planned series of activities - การรณรงค์
  • consumption: using, eating or drinking something - การบริโภค
  • drunk driving: driving a vehicle after drinking too much alcohol - ขับรถในขณะเมาเหล้า
  • finding (noun): results, what people "find" or discover by doing some research or activity - ผลของการสืบค้น, ผลของการค้นหา
  • frequently: happening often - บ่อยๆ
  • observe: to watch or study someone or something with care - สังเกตการณ์
  • provincial (adj): related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country - ประจำจังหวัด, ส่วนท้องถิ่น
  • seminar: a meeting for discussion or training - การสัมมนา
  • survey (noun): an investigation of the opinions, behaviour, etc. of a particular group of people, which is usually done by asking them questions - การสำรวจ
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