Have you ever had marital or family problems because of someone’s drinking habit? According to a survey published Monday, 1 in 10 Thais say they have experienced this problem.
The survey involved face-to-face interviews with 1,695 Thais over the course of twelve months, and it found out that over a third of respondents feel threatened when they see someone drinking in public.
The survey comes at a time when proponents of stricter alcohol regulations are saying it’s time the authorities focus on the adverse impacts of drinking, similar to a recent crackdown on second-hand smoking.
“When someone faces a drinking problem, people around them are affected as well,” survey organizer Orathai Waleewong from the Ministry of Public Health said at a news conference.
The survey was supported by four organizations, including the Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Center for Alcohol Studies.
Although less than 2.4 percent of respondents say they have been assaulted by family members or friends under the influence of alcohol – and even less, 0.8 percent, say they have been sexually assaulted – Orathai said alcohol can precipitate violence.
She also identified other impacts on work, the emotional well-being, and the finances of drinkers.
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