Shocking: Booze ban doesn’t stop youth from drinking, activists seek stricter rules

Despite a law passed to reduce drinking by young people, the number of drinkers has increased since last year’s ban on alcohol sales within a 300-meter radius of schools and universities.

Concerned academics and young activists have called for stricter enforcement after the 10-month-old law has miserably failed to stop their fellow students from drinking as most of the bars near educational institutes are operating illegally.

“The crackdown on alcohol sales is slowing down. The government needs to be clear where alcohol cannot be sold,” Teerapat Kahawong, coordinator of the Youth Network Against New Drinkers.

The Youth Network Against New Drinkers? Sounds like a fun party.

And, to be filed under, “We didn’t need a survey for that,” according to a recent survey by Huachiew Chalermprakiet University, 94.2% of students who frequent bars near their universities admit to drinking regularly.

We’ll drink to that.


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