What is it with the alcohol laws in Thailand? I
understand it’s illegal to sell to people under 18, as it should be! But
what is happening with these new times? Who can remember what times you are
allowed to buy alcohol? And if you’re longing for a beer or a glass of
wine for lunch shouldn’t that be your personal decision?
Recently I went to Lotus to buy some beers and a bottle
of wine for the weekend, and what do I hear? “Sorry sir, can not. You must
buy box.” Excuse me? I’m supposed to buy a 6 bottle carton of beer? What
for? I only wanted two bottles and I didn’t have enough cash on me for the
whole box! That’s crazy!
How can the Thai government enforce stricter laws on
buying and drinking alcohol, yet make you have to buy more in one time? As I
explained my outrage the cashier calmly explained to me, that if I was
buying outside of the acknowledged ‘lawful’ times, I had to buy in big
amounts. Thankfully the Thai lady behind me was also only trying to buy a
bottle of Tequila plus another gentleman behind her had a box of beer in his
cart, and so the cashier told us that if we combined our purchases, it would
be legal for him to sell it to us. We agreed and paid our respective
purchases. I nodded a thank you to the cashier and a confused shrug to the
other customers and left.
It still doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, especially
not after all that “we want the death margin coming down over Songkran
talks” and anybody who can explain this please try to make me wiser but,
what’s going on with alcohol laws?