New Thailand Law Prohibits Online Alcohol Sales

by Admin on October 1, 2020

The Alcohol Control law has recently been amended. Previously, the Alcohol Control Law prohibited selling alcohol to young people less than 20 years of age with a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to 20,000 baht.

On September 8th, 2020, additional legal restrictions on alcohol sales were added to the Alcohol Control Act. The new regulation prohibits the sale of alcohol over the internet or through other electronic means. According to Thai Criminal Lawyer Suthida Thongkwan., the penalty is up to one-year imprisonment, so if the sale of alcohol is online and the purchaser is a minor under the age of 20 the seller may be liable based on the Alcohol Control Act under both the previously existing prohibitions and the new regulation penalties. As a result, there may be 2 criminal offenses with a potential prison term of one year per offense or 2 years in total.

Parents may also be guilty for their minor children’s purchase of alcohol according to the Child Protection Act of 2003 based on failure to supervise their children, and breaching their parental duties.

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