There will be a ban of alcohol in Thailand for 48 hours on Thursday 30th July and Friday 31st July due to the Buddhist holiday. The ban is expected to start one minute past midnight on Wednesday night and continue to midnight on Friday night. The fine for selling alcohol during the Buddhist holiday is up to 6 months in prison and/or 10,000 Baht fine. However, some hotels will have exemption if most of their guests are foreigners.
A survey, conducted by the National Statistical Office in 2014, shows that among six million Thai youths, aged between 19 and 24 years, 1.5 million are alcohol drinkers, accounting for 25 percent. The number of male alcohol drinkers is fourfold higher than female drinkers. Among those consuming alcohol, 54 percent are heavy drinkers. A report issued by the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board shows that Thai people spent 41.39 million baht on alcoholic drinks in 2014, an increase of 2.1 percent over the figure for 2013.