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  • Call for restrictions on alcohol sales

    Call for restrictions on alcohol sales

    The Ministry of Health is collecting feedback on a proposal to prohibit the sale of alcohol during certain times of the day, aimed at minimising the negative effects of alcoholic beverages on society. On average, each Vietnamese person consumes 6.6 litres of pure alcohol each year compared to 3.8 litres five years ago, according to the ministry. The number of young people drinking beer and alcohol has also increased by nearly 10% over the last five years. There are three options proposed. The first is that alcohol be sold from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 10pm on a daily basis, except at international terminals at airports and in areas specialising in cuisine, entertainment, and tourism. The second is for sales between 6am and 10pm every day, and the third is for authorities in each city and province to decide their own timing. If approved, the proposal will come into effect next year.

  • Proposal to make alcohol firms pay healthcare tax

    Proposal to make alcohol firms pay healthcare tax

    A draft law has been proposed that subjects companies producing or importing alcohol and beer to a total annual charge of VND360 billion ($16.36 million) for healthcare services. According to the Ministry of Health, the fund will partially help to save State budget funds on public healthcare activities and is also expected to reduce alcohol and tobacco consumption as well as raise public awareness about the harm caused by alcohol and tobacco. Vietnam now ranks second in Southeast Asia, tenth in Asia, and 29th in the world in terms of alcohol consumption. More than 77% of adult males and 11% of women told a recent survey they had drunk alcohol in the last 30 days. Nearly half of men had engaged in heavy ‘binge’ drinking.

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