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Spain: Bill on Alcohol Consumption to Punish Parents for Their Underage Children’s Drinking

(May 1, 2018) A report prepared by a committee composed of members of Spain’s Congress of Deputies (lower legislative chamber) and Senate (upper legislative chamber) recommends that Spain enact laws punishing parents for their underage children’s drinking. The penalties to be imposed on both children and parents would reinforce current sanctions and promote prevention of […]

Finland: Parliament Approves New Alcohol Law

(Dec. 29, 2017) On December 15, 2017, the Finnish Parliament (Eduskunta/Riksdagen) approved a new Alcohol Act to take effect on January 1, 2018. Under the new provisions, the limit on alcohol content in drinks that may be sold in grocery stores will be increased from 4.7% to 5.5%.  (Press Release, Eduskunta/Riksdagen, Alkohollagen godkänd [Alcohol Act […]

Brazil: Harsher Punishments for DUI

(Dec. 26, 2017) On December 20, 2017, Brazil enacted Law No. 13,546, which amends the National Traffic Code to establish harsher punishments for driving while intoxicated. (Lei No. 13,546, de 19 de Dezembro de 2017, PLANALTO; Código Nacional de Trânsito, Law No. 9,503 of September 23, 1997, PLANALTO.) The Law increases the punishment for driving […]

Thailand: Revised Excise Tax Law

(Oct. 12, 2017) On September 16, 2017, a revised excise tax came into force in Thailand that increases taxes on seven products, including alcoholic beverages, playing cards, sugary drinks, and tobacco. Speculation in advance was that prices would go up substantially. For that reason, the commerce and finance ministries moved to limit hoarding of the […]

Taiwan: Proposed Amendments to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax

(Mar. 20, 2017) The Finance Committee and the Social Welfare and Environmental Health Committees of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan (the main parliamentary body) approved a draft amendment to the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act on March 13, 2017. (You Kang Yin, Taiwan: Draft Amendment to Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Law – Released, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Mar. […]

Japan: New Wine Labeling Regulation

(Nov. 4, 2015) Japan did not previously have regulations on the labeling of wine made from grapes, except for the industry’s own regulations. As more wine is drunk in Japan and more domestic manufacturers make wines, clearer regulations have been sought by consumers. (Alcohol Tax Division, 16th Meeting Minutes (June 17, 2015), National Tax Council […]

Thailand: Alcohol Banned Near Educational Institutions

(Aug. 14, 2015) On July 22, 2015, the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand issued an amendment to the country’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act. It will enter into force 30 days after publication. (Note to Readers: Clarification on New Laws Curbing Alcohol Sales in Thailand, KHAOSOD ENGLISH (July 27, 2015); Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, […]

Indonesia: Ban on Alcoholic Beverage Sales Considered

(May 19, 2015) A proposed law to control alcoholic beverages has been considered in Indonesia since 2013. (RUU Larangan Minuman Beralkohol Tahun 2013 [Draft Law Banning Alcoholic Drinks of 2013], HUKUMONLINE [click on link for text].) The proposal was originally made by two Islamic political parties, the United Development Party and the Prosperous Justice Party. […]

Indonesia: Beer Sales Ban for Small Vendors

(Apr. 23, 2015) In January 2015, Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade issued Regulation 6/M-Dag/PER/1/2015, which bans the sale by small shops of drinks with an alcohol content of 1% to 5%. (Perubahan Kedua Atas Peraturan Perdagangan No. 20/M-DAG/PER/4/2014 Tentang Pengendalian Dan Pengawasan Terhadap Pengadaan, Peredaran, dan Penjualan Minuman Beralkohol [Second Amendment to Regulation No. 20/M-DAG/PER/4/2014 on […]

Brazil: New Law Criminalizes Sale of Alcoholic Beverages to Minors

(Feb. 27, 2015) On February 24, 2015, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved a new law that amends the Statute of the Child and Adolescent and more clearly criminalizes the sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under 18 years of age. (Estatuto da Criança e do Adolescente, Lei No. 8.069, de 13 de Julho de […]