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The CEO of Carabao Group, Sathien Sathientham, predicts that April’s alcohol sales are set to double, except for December. This increase is anticipated due to the prolonged Songkran festival and the extension of bar and pub opening hours in several areas, including Bangkok and Phuket.

 

Nuttapong Boontob, a board member and assistant secretary of the ThaiRoads Foundation, expressed concerns about a potential rise in road accidents as life returns to normal post-pandemic. He highlighted that road accidents tend to surge during the new year and Songkran festivals.

 

During the notorious “seven dangerous days” of Songkran, from April 11-17, authorities will be closely monitoring road accidents. In the same period in 2023, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported 2,203 road accidents, resulting in 264 deaths and 2,208 injuries. This was a decrease of 38% from 2019, but a 15% rise from 2020.


The ThaiRoads Foundation identified speeding (38%), drink-driving (24%), and reckless driving (18%) as the main causes of these accidents. However, pre-pandemic data from 2019 showed drink-driving as the primary cause of road accidents (37%), followed by speeding (28%).


Boontob predicts that drink-driving-related accidents will increase during this year’s Songkran festival due to the government’s plans to extend the festival to stimulate tourism and the economy. He added that last December’s extension of pub and bar opening hours to 4am in select areas could also contribute to this increase.

 

While acknowledging the government’s economic initiatives, Boontob emphasised the economic losses due to road accidents, which he described as “a loss to the economy.” A 2021 study by the Thailand Development Research Institute estimated that road accidents caused an economic loss of over 642 billion baht in 2019, with 19,904 fatalities.

 

Boontob pointed out the lack of awareness among Thais about alcohol’s effects, particularly impaired decision-making while driving. He called for stricter law enforcement and increased security checkpoints during the festival to prevent accidents.

 

Boontob stressed that road safety is a shared responsibility, calling on the government, civil society, and private sector to play their part in reducing deaths and injuries, reported Bangkok Post.

 

by Alex Morgan

Picture courtesy of CNN

 

Source: The Thaiger 2024-04-15

 

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29 minutes ago, JoePai said:

April’s alcohol sales are set to double, except for December

 

Anyone care to translate ?

Alex Morgan, the writer has been on the drink.

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31 minutes ago, JoePai said:

April’s alcohol sales are set to double, except for December

 

Anyone care to translate ?

More alcohol likely to be sold last Dec than this month.  

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I don't think extra sales can be directly linked to extra road deaths. That's not to say that some correlation can be made but eveyday sees road deaths from various factors such as attitude, speeding, drunk driving, no helmets, no seatbelts and lack of attention being some of the main factors.

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2 minutes ago, dinsdale said:

More alcohol likely to be sold last Dec than this month.  

Most likely last year's stock being sold to unsuspecting tourists... 

 

Yes hansum man, Thai beer always taste like this! 

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What is deliciously hypocritical is that one of the five Buddhist precepts is "Abstain from the use of intoxicating substances that cause inattention." But if you sell it to someone else who is not a Buddhist I guess it's okay 😂 

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32 minutes ago, Cabradelmar said:

What is deliciously hypocritical is that one of the five Buddhist precepts is "Abstain from the use of intoxicating substances that cause inattention." But if you sell it to someone else who is not a Buddhist I guess it's okay 😂 

....and being a very polite Thai he/she will share said liquids so as not to be offensive................

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4 hours ago, JoePai said:

April’s alcohol sales are set to double, except for December

 

Anyone care to translate ?


My guess: April sales will be double the average monthly sales if you exclude the month of December. 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

predicts that April’s alcohol sales are set to double, except for December.

What, pray, does this mean, exactly?

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Boontop predicts drink driving will increase during Songkran :omfg:

This man is a genius  :whistling:

Next week he will declare the sun rises in the morning 

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6 hours ago, JoePai said:

April’s alcohol sales are set to double, except for December

 

Anyone care to translate ?

Not difficult to understand. In December sales tripled or even quadrupled.🙏

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They are just throwing darts into the wind. They have no idea. However, the beer his company makes is the only decent beer made in Thailand, at this time, in my opinion. It is far better than the other swill being offered.

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24 minutes ago, spidermike007 said:

They are just throwing darts into the wind. They have no idea. However, the beer his company makes is the only decent beer made in Thailand, at this time, in my opinion. It is far better than the other swill being offered.

Each to his own but I tried a couple of different ones and found them to taste very watery.

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"The CEO of Carabao Group, Sathien Sathientham, predicts that April’s alcohol sales are set to double, except for December."

 

Am I reading that right? 😕

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40 minutes ago, newbee2022 said:

Not difficult to understand. In December sales tripled or even quadrupled.🙏

 

April’s alcohol sales are set to double in comparison to other months, except for December where they traditionally triple or even quadruple

 

Better?

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"Boontob pointed out the lack of awareness among Thais about alcohol’s effects, particularly impaired decision-making while driving."

 

The way some of them drive it would appear to be irrelevant if they've been drinking or not!

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8 hours ago, Bert got kinky said:

It's about time that this evil and dangerous drug got banned.

 

Just because it's there doesn't mean you have to drink it! It's people who create accidents, not the alcohol.

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April is the 2nd highest by volume of alcohol sales…I am more surprised that Dec is more given Thai new year vs western new year and summer vs cool season 

 

come on thailand let’s drink ourselves to more accidents and adverse health issues 

 

and a substantial part of Thai society doesn’t drink so what does that tell you about the part that does…if I recall correctly, 5th or 6th highest country in the world by volume…quite scary and sad 

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1 hour ago, Lopburikid said:

Just because it's there doesn't mean you have to drink it! It's people who create accidents, not the alcohol.

 

What a very strange argument you field.

So using your logic, should Heroin be legalized?

After all, just because it's there, you don't have to shoot up.

It's people that carry out the crimes to get their next fix, not the Heroin,

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