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4am alcohol curfew may boost revenue, criminality, and deaths

People who are against the idea are worried that it will let people drink and party for a few more hours, which could be very bad. Supporters of the current plan to let bars and clubs stay open and sell alcohol until 4 a.m. in some tourist provinces think that this will give people who spend money more time to drink and party. The deputy director of the center says that the World Health Organization recommends alcohol curfews to prevent deaths, injuries, and other problems caused by drinking, and that while sales may go up a little, violence and deaths are likely to follow. The Centre of Alcohol Studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Maha Sarakham University thinks that if more people drink, there will be more injuries and deaths caused by alcohol. They don’t like the idea of letting entertainment places stay open every night for two hours longer. The deputy director talked about recent real-life examples, such as how alcohol sales in Iceland went up when they were extended by just one hour. If the plan is approved, it is likely to start in October.

If it’s approved, places with nightlife in Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket, and Chiang Mai, as well as Pattaya in Chon Buri, Koh Samui in Surat Thani, and Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan, could stay open until 4 am. A study done in Norway found that the rate of physical abuse went up by 16% after they let people sell alcohol for an extra hour. Still, Minister of Tourism and Sports Pipat Ratchakitprakarn recently said he supported the measure when he went to this weekend’s big Full Moon Party on Koh Pha Ngan, which brings in a lot of money from tourists. He also said he would tell the Cabinet, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration about the idea. People are likely to drink and drive more, fight and attack each other while drunk, and do other illegal and dangerous things.

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