Free treatments offered for alcoholics  

Free treatments offered for Thai alcoholicsImage adapted from: Limerick Post

After alcohol sales were banned across the country amid COVID-19, news reports started to flood in of alcoholics facing trouble – such as a 40-year-old man who died from experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms. 

Thailand is taking this into serious consideration and has offered free treatment to those who are currently suffering from symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Over 50,000 to 100,000 people have severe alcohol withdrawal 

Thai Alcoholics Suffer From Severe Withdrawals
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As reported on Bangkokbiznews, Prof. Dr. Sawitri Assanangkornchai from the Thai Health Promotion Foundation shared that there are over 1 million alcoholics in Thailand, with around 50,000 to 100,000 having severe symptoms. 

They are in need of close care and treatment in order to prevent any complications that could lead to death. Such treatments can help encourage people to decrease their alcohol intake, until they are able to be completely sober without experiencing extreme side effects.

In severe cases, patients can have symptoms like sweating, shaking, anxiety, vomiting, nausea, confusion, rapid heartbeat, or hallucinations. If you find yourself experiencing any of these side effects, proper treatment is essential. 

Thailand offers free treatment for alcoholics after nationwide alcohol sale ban
Image credit: เอิร์ธ พงศกร ขวัญเมือง – Earth Pongsakorn Kwanmuang

Police Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, spokesman of the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority posted on his Facebook that alcohol withdrawal patients can receive free treatment from 10 state hospitals and 68 Public Health Centers in Bangkok.

10 state hospitals under the management of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration:

  • Bangkok Metropolitan Administration General Hospital | +66 2 225 1354
  • Taksin Hospital +66 2 437 7677
  • Charoen Krung Pracharak Hospital +66 2 289 3535
  • Venerable Thawisak Jutindharo Hospital +66 2 429 3575
  • Wetchakarunrat Hospital +66 82 940 6308
  • Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Lat Krabang Hospital +662 327 3049
  • Ratchaphiphat Hospital +66 2 444 3660
  • Sirindhorn Hospital +66 2 328 6760
  • Khlong Sam Wa Hospital +66 64 557 6009

Those requiring more advice and information can contact Bangkok Public Health Centres’ 24 hour hotline at +66 2 245 4964.

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