Gov­ern­ment pro­poses a ban on sales of al­co­hol af­ter 10pm

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

HAØ NOÄI — The Min­istry of Health (MoH) is dis­cussing po­lices to re­strict the num­ber of hours to sell al­co­hol.

At a re­cent con­fer­ence on the draft law on al­co­hol con­se­quences preven­tion hosted by MoH, hours of al­co­hol sales was the main sub­ject of dis­cus­sion. Therein, three plans have been pro­posed.

First, al­co­hol can only be sold from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 10pm ev­ery day, ex­cept at in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nals of air­ports and on tourism and en­ter­tain­ment streets.

Sec­ond, al­co­hol can only be sold from 6am to 10pm ev­ery day, ex­cept at in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nals and on tourism and en­ter­tain­ment streets.

Third, the hours of al­co­hol sales will be reg­u­lated by the gov­ern­ment in nec­es­sary cases based on the de­mand of the draft law.

MoH will choose the so­lu­tion with ma­jor­ity votes.

Nguyeãn Huy Quang, head of the Le­gal Ser­vices Depart­ment under MoH, said the law aims to con­trol the de­mand for al­co­hol, come up with so­lu­tions to re­duce the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol, tighten the man­age­ment of al­co­hol sup­ply, pre­vent the con­se­quences of al­co­holism and im­prove pub­lic health. The draft law is ex­pected to be pro­posed to the Na­tional Assem­bly in Oc­to­ber.

Quang blamed al­co­hol con­sump­tion for the in­creas­ing num­ber of traf­fic ac­ci­dents among male driv­ers aged 14 to 49. Thus, to im­prove traf­fic safety, the draft law pro­poses ban on drink­ing and driv­ing by driv­ers of all ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing cars, trac­tors, spe­cialised motorbikes, air­planes, trains and wa­ter­ways trans­port.

Re­gard­ing other motorbikes, MoH has pro­posed two plans.

The first one pro­hibits mo­tor­cy­cle driv­ers from hav­ing an al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion ex­ceed­ing 30mg per 100ml blood or 0.15mg per ev­ery litre of breath when rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles. The cur­rent reg­u­la­tion stip­u­lates al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion to not ex­ceed 50-80mg per 100ml blood or 0.25-0.4mg per ev­ery litre of breath for mo­tor­cy­cle riders.

The sec­ond plan pro­poses com­plete ban on al­co­hol while driv­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to med­i­cal ex­perts, a con­cen­tra­tion of 50mg of al­co­hol per 100ml starts to poi­son the ner­vous sys­tem.

Nguyeãn Thanh Long, deputy health min­is­ter, said up to 70 per cent of the Viet­namese were di­rectly or in­di­rectly af­fected by the drink­ing prob­lem. He said the con­se­quences of al­co­hol con­sump­tion were much greater than the profit it brought.

“Al­co­hol is ranked fifth among the top 15 health risk fac­tors lead­ing to trau­matic in­jury, men­tal dis­or­ders, cir­rho­sis, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and can­cer,” he said.

There are nearly 20 coun­tries that pro­hibit driv­ers from drink­ing and driv­ing and some 20 oth­ers that al­low an al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion of up to 20mg per 100ml of blood.

Ac­cord­ing to Tienà Phong (Van­guard) news­pa­per, the al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion reaches 50mg per 100ml of blood half an hour af­ter con­sum­ing 65ml of al­co­hol. — VNS

HCM City Depart­ment of Ar­chi­tec­ture and Plan­ning yes­ter­day opened an ex­hi­bi­tion and gath­ered opin­ions from or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als on the master plan of a project to ex­pand and up­grade the head­quar­ters of the city Peo­ple’s Coun­cil and the city Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee de­signed by the US’s Gensler Com­pany. — VNA/VNS Photo Traàn Xuaân Tình

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