The Ministry of Health is drafting a plan to ban the sale of alcohol after 10pm in a bid to curb alcohol abuse in Viet Nam, which often leads to traffic accidents and domestic violence.
The proposal, however, has caused a public outcry. Many people are asking about the feasibility of implementing the regulation and the effects it may have on tourism development and late-night businesses in the country.
According to Viet Nam's Health Ministry, nearly 170 countries, including nine ASEAN nations, already have bans on late-night alcohol sales.
Do you support banning the sale of alcohol after 10pm? Are there any similar bans in your country and, if so, how are they enforced? Do you think banning the sale of alcohol would affect tourism in Viet Nam as many backpackers consider drinking late-night beers in Viet Nam part of the adventure?
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