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Table 2 Comparison of “WHO’s five best buys” alcohol policy interventions among eight Asia countries in 2014 [40]

From: Measuring and preventing alcohol use and related harm among young people in Asian countries: a thematic review

Policies and interventions China India Japan South Korea Malaysia Mongolia Thailand Vietnam
Restrict access to retailed alcohol Minimum drinking age 21 or higher in most states 20 19 18 21 20 18
Restrictions for on−/off-premise sales Hours/days ✘ / ✘ Sub national ✘ / ✘ ✘ / ✘ ✔ / ✘ ✔ / ✔ ✔ / ✔ ✘ / ✘
Places/density ✔ / ✔ Sub national ✘ / ✘ ✘ / ✘ ✔ / ✔ ✔ / ✔ ✔/ ✘ ✘ / ✘
Raise taxes/prices on alcohol Alcohol excise or tax
Legally binding alcohol sales promotion / sponsorship ✘/ ✘ ✔ / ✔ ✘ / ✘ ✘ / ✘ ✘ / ✘ ✔ / ✘ ✔ / ✔ ✘ / ✘
Enforce bans on alcohol advertising Advertising / product placement ✘ / ✘ ✔ / ✔ ✔ / ✔ ✔ / ✘ ✔ / ✔ ✔ / ✘ ✔ / ✔ ✔ / ✔
Enforce drink driving laws Sobriety check-points
RBT / BAC level ✔ / 0.02 ✔ / 0.03 ✘ / 0.03 ✘ / 0.05 ✔ / 0.08 ✔ / 0.05 ✘ / 0.05 ✘ / 0.00
Offer brief advice for hazardous drinking Number of standard drinks
Alcohol content displayed on containers
Health warning labels on advertisements / container ✘ / ✘ ✔ / ✔ ✘ / ✘ ✘ / ✔ ✘ / ✘ ✘ / ✘ ✔ / ✔ ✘ / ✘
  1. “✘” is no such policy and “✔” is yes. “Best buys” are WHO recommended the most cost-effective alcohol policy interventions to tackle harmful use of alcohol