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No alcohol can be bought or sold online from next week

By THE NATION

 

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Dr Niphon Chinanonwet

 

The Royal Thai Police and Public Health Ministry held a press conference on Friday to announce the enforcement of a new law that prohibits the sale or advertisement of alcoholic beverages via digital channels.

 

“From Monday, December 7, the sale and advertisement of alcoholic beverages online will be prohibited,” deputy police spokesman Pol Colonel Siriwat Deephor said. “Direct selling, persuading consumers, introducing products or other related services via digital channels that enable sellers to complete a sale without meeting the buyer face to face will be banned.”

 

This prohibition, however, does not include paying for alcoholic beverages via electronic methods at stores, restaurants or establishments that serve alcohol.

 

“Violators face up to six months in prison and/or Bt10,000 in fines,” Siriwat added.

 

Dr Niphon Chinanonwet, director of the Department of Disease Control’s Alcohol Control Committee, said these controls are being introduced because it is difficult to check if the sale of alcohol online is in compliance with legal limits, such as age, in line with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.

 

“This prohibition applies to all retailers and wholesalers, regardless of the size of company,” he said. “This law is not a ploy to cut off sales channels for small businesses as some say.”

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30399106

 

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Keep this up and we may as well move to Muslim Malaysia and enjoy some freedoms.

Nonetheless it'll wipe out small online specialist retailers of imported wine etc & leaving the market to companies large enough to have physical stores...

Yes, it is. 

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Most annoying rule as I often would been tempted ordering a bottle of wine with the food. Specially since COVID. I do not understand what the problem is. In terms of alcohol abuse the chance is small he/she orders online in the first place.

 

I read that in Thailand you do not only need to have this alcohol selling license, but to move the alcohol from A to B, you need another license to transport the alcohol as well. 

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11 minutes ago, rkidlad said:

It's really rather simple. Whoever is buying the alcohol has to show ID online and when receiving the drinks. What that person can to do with the alcohol would be no different to what a person instore could do with it after they buy theirs. 

Simpler still: set a minimum price (perhaps per ml alcohol) for alcoholic drinks sold online that excludes the cheaper drinks younger drinkers are likely to want.

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3 minutes ago, ChaiyaTH said:

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I read that in Thailand you do not only need to have this alcohol selling license, but to move the alcohol from A to B, you need another license to transport the alcohol as well. 

I thought that was only to transport it between provinces, but I could be wrong.

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