Tackle root causes

Bangkok Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Songkran ex­acts its yearly toll in souls, ( BP, April 18).

Ob­vi­ously Thai­land, like many coun­tries, has a lot of al­co­hol-re­lated prob­lems.

There seems to be quite a few up­mar­ket re­hab cen­tres, but not many cen­tres run by ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als that are af­ford­able to the Thai work­ing class or mid­dle class. A cold tur­key de­tox in a tem­ple may be bet­ter than noth­ing but it is just a tem­po­rary band aid and only scratches the sur­face of the prob­lem. Apart from breathal­y­sers, and bet­ter law en­force­ment, the root causes of these prob­lems need to be bet­ter ad­dressed and fi­nanced. It could save a lot of lives.


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