If you are a tourist reading this article poolside and it is after lunch, the odds are good that you've got a cold beer or an umbrella-laden fruity concoction at your side. After all, drinks on holiday don't count, right?
Yet even discounting the influence of tipsy tourists, Thailand is far from a nation of teetotalers. It is, for example, the third largest importer of Johnny Walker whisky in the world.
The Thai government has enacted legislation that is intended to curb the increased consumption of alcohol. In the next few articles we will look at legal issues relating to alcohol in Thailand, so that whether you are selling it, sipping it or steering a vehicle, you can stay on the right side of the law.
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