Alcohol and Elections in Thailand- A ban to ensure sobriety (in public)

While drink-driving laws are lax, drink-voting laws are strict.

General elections will be held in Bangkok this Sunday. There is a ban on alcohol sales in Bangkok from 6pm Saturday night through midnight Sunday.  “Sale and distribution of alcoholic drinks is prohibited in the constituency from 6pm on Saturday to midnight of Sunday, and police will strictly enforce the law”.


No selling of alcohol or drinking in bars the night before the polls open, a hangover (at least from public consumption) is not a valid excuse for not voting.  I wonder how 6pm was determined as the appropriate cut off time for buying alcohol to consume at home or drinking in a bar.

And, why no drinking in public places until midnight on Sunday night? The voting ends at 6pm.

I would guess the beer bar Soi’s will be packed on Saturday afternoon, it could be fun to hear “last call” as the sun is going down rather than coming up? Maybe not fun, but a change.

Sunday night might be Pavlovian- thirty masses cuing at 11:58 waiting for the bell.

About faranginbangkok

I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally, I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region. I moved to Singapore in 2016...fallen behind on this blog since.
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