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Representatives of medical organizations have proposed increasing the tax on alcohol sales in establishments allowed to operate until 4 a.m.

Representatives of medical organizations have proposed increasing the tax on alcohol sales in establishments allowed to operate until 4 a.m.

The proposal was made at a forum discussing the negative consequences of extending operating hours for entertainment venues in Bangkok, Chonburi, Phuket, and Chiang Mai, starting from December 15, 2023.

During the meeting, a study from the Thammasat University's School of Economics was presented. According to the study, most Thais consume alcohol from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., while most foreigners do so from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The research showed that if the price of alcohol increases from 70 to 160 baht per standard unit, Thai alcohol consumption is likely to decrease from 0.45 to 0.27 units per hour, and for foreigners from 0.56 to 0.25 units per hour.

The president of the Media for Health Foundation (MHF) stated that increasing the tax on alcoholic beverages in the four pilot regions is a necessary step to mitigate the consequences of alcohol consumption.

He added that increased tax revenues could be directed to a fund helping victims of accidents involving drunk drivers. The fund's operation costs the government approximately 258 million baht per year.

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