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State tries to dampen Vietnamese love for alcohol

New law will limit ads while government mulls harsher drunken driving penalties

Vietnam was the world's ninth-largest consumer of beer in 2017, with annual consumption growing fast.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Hard-drinking Vietnamese are facing tighter controls as the government tries to curb rising medical costs and eradicate drunken driving.

Nearly 80% of parliament approved a bill in June that bans the advertising of alcohol on radio and TV from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as before and after children's programs. The new law takes effect in January 2020.

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