has been proposed that companies which produce and import alcohol and beer
products should pay VND360 billion (USD16.36 million) annually for health
This is among contents mentioned in a draft law on alcohol that the Ministry
of Health is finalising for submission to the National Assembly.
Vietnam now ranks second in Southeast Asia, 10th in Asia
and 29th in the world in terms of the alcohol consumption
Under the draft law, the Ministry of Health considers the establishment
of the public health improvement fund.
The fund would be based on compulsory financial contributions from alcohol
and tobacco importers and producers as well as voluntary donations from
individuals and organisations inside and outside the country.
According to the Ministry of Health, the fund would partially help to save
the state budget in public health care activities and is also expected to
reduce the alcohol and tobacco consumption as well as to raise the public
awareness about the harm caused by alcohol and tobacco.
The ministry added that to date more than 20 countries, including Austria,
Australia, Mongolia, South Korea, Switzerland and Thailand, have set up this
Vietnam now ranks second in Southeast Asia, 10th in Asia and 29th in the
world in terms of the alcohol consumption. More than 77% of adult males and
11% of women said they had drunk alcohol in the past 30 days. Nearly half of
men had engaged in heavy episodic drinking.