Interesting article recently in the Bangkok Post
On the last day of my 1st visit to Thailand and the Big Mango Bar, I had a pile of notes that I didn’t want so thought I’d give a little challenge to a couple of Mango girls. I told them that I’d give them 100bht for each Tequila shot they could down in 2 mins and lined up 2 rows of 10. They drank the fuckin lot and didn’t even flinch. (yes I did check it was tequila) When I asked how the fuck she was o.k she simply replied ‘I am a professional’. Bless her.
More than half of northeastern women drink alcohol regularly, both during festivities and everyday life, according to a civic group survey.
Out of the 400 women surveyed in five Isan provinces, 59% said they regularly drink beer or liquor.
Also, 15% of them insisted they were not alcoholics, said Suphaphon Thongsu, director of the Foundation for Community Soul, which conducted the survey.
They cited a range of reasons for drinking, including social gatherings to the ease of buying alcohol at village shops with no closing hours.
Most like drinking beer and lao khao, or white liquor, which is most popular among the elderly, especially during parties and cultural events, according to the poll, which was highlighted at a seminar on a campaign for reducing alcohol consumption among women at the Rajvithi Home for Girls in Bangkok.
“A shocking finding was that women aged between 50 and 60 years drink every morning and night without caring about the impact on their health,” said Ms Suphaphon, adding that over-consumption of alcohol is dangerous.
The intake of 9.6 grammes of alcohol a day can lead to alcoholism and greater amounts can put drinkers at high risk of accidents, said Ms Suphaphon.
Also, most cases of violence in families result from alcohol abuse.
A women’s rights advocate linked the alcohol addiction to Thailand’s male-dominated society. Many upcountry women have small roles and almost no means for social expression. As a result, they drink alcohol to help “release pressure” during celebrations, considered as their space for expression, said Chadet Chaowilai, director of the Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation.
He called on the Public Health and Social Development and Human Security ministries to provide venues for women to complain, express their views and initiate creative activities.