MoH talks law to tackle al­co­hol harm

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

HAØ NOÄI — Reg­u­la­tions on the sale of al­co­hol and home-made liquor man­age­ment have re­ceived sub­stan­tial at­ten­tion dur­ing dis­cus­sions of the draft law on al­co­hol harm preven­tion, of­fi­cials said.

The Min­istry of Health (MoH) is fi­nal­is­ing the draft law and plans to sub­mit it to the Na­tional As­sem­bly for con­sid­er­a­tion in Oc­to­ber.

Al­co­hol harm will be sig­nif­i­cant if there are not spe­cific reg­u­la­tions on the man­age­ment of home-made liquor, Dr Nguyeãn Huy Quang, di­rec­tor of the MoH’s Le­gal De­part­ment, said at a work­shop or­gan­ised by the min­istry and the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) in Haø Noäi yes­ter­day.

The first draft of the law on the preven­tion of al­co­hol harm is­sued a ban on al­co­hol sale af­ter 10 pm, but this pro­vi­sion was con­sid­ered in­fea­si­ble.

In the lat­est draft, this reg­u­la­tion has been changed.

Specif­i­cally, the draft dis­cusses po­ten­tial reg­u­la­tions on the place, method and tim­ing for a lim­i­ta­tion on the sale of al­co­hol and beer.

The first op­tion is to al­low the sale of al­co­hol only from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 10pm daily, ex­cept in the case of al­co­hol sale in the in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal and ar­eas and streets which spe­cialise in pro­vid­ing food, en­ter­tain­ment and tourism ser­vices.

The se­cond op­tion is to sell al­co­hol from 6am to 10pm.

The third op­tion is to de­velop the plans for a ban on al­co­hol sale fol­low­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s roadmap.

The draft law on al­co­hol harm preven­tion also pro­vides a reg­u­la­tion on the man­age­ment of pro­duc­tion and trad­ing of home-made wine.

Ac­cord­ingly, for home-made wine which is not for busi­ness pur­poses, each pro­ducer must de­clare to the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties their raw ma­te­ri­als, amount and pro­duc­tion method and also pledge not to sell al­co­hol.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Quang, the Min­istry of In­dus­try and Trade has also faced many dif­fi­cul­ties in the man­age­ment of home-made al­co­hol.

About 200 out of 270 mil­lion litres of al­co­hol con­sumed by Viet­namese peo­ple each year are home-made wine, he said.

Deputy Min­is­ter of Health, Nguyeãn Thanh Long, said the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol in Vieät Nam is alarm­ing.

“Vieät Nam ranks se­cond in South­east Asia, 10th in Asia and 29th in the world in al­co­hol con­sump­tion,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the MoH, adult males con­sume 27.4 litres of al­co­hol per year.

In 2015, 80.3 per cent of adult males said they had drunk al­co­hol in the past 30 days.

The law on al­co­hol harm preven­tion would closely con­trol the de­mand for al­co­hol, re­duce the con­sump­tion and harm and con­trol the sup­ply in or­der to im­prove pub­lic health, Quang said. — VNS

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