Alcohol Policy

The National Alcohol Policy Act

The purpose of the National Alcohol Policy Act is to contribute to the public health and happiness in the population through prevention of harmful drinking and alcohol related harms by controlling the environment of alcohol consumption.

High level summary of the policy framework

  1. Limit physical accessibility - with a reform of the national tax system, modification of the licensing system and alcohol pricing
  2. Modify attitudes towards drinking - with limitation of alcohol advertising and promotion
  3. Reduce risks - with a system to prevent harmful drinking and enhance measures against driving under the influence of alcohol
  4. Implement the alcohol policy in all areas - and establishing education plans in work places and at school levels
  5. Establish efficient and supportive environment for the alcohol policy - with alcohol education and training of professionals 

To access the full National Alcohol Policy Act 2013, please download 
For further information and access to the Seoul Declaration, please download  
Commune council notifications

Over the past few years, commune councils have become more aware of the damage and problems alcohol consumption can cause to individuals and the community. As a result, they have taken action and issued commune council notifications regarding alcohol.

To view these notifications, please download 
Alcohol Policy success stories 

Mr. Sung Yoeun started reducing his alcohol consumption in 2011, and in 2013 he completely quit drinking. As a result of kicking his bad habit he is now in better shape than before. He is stronger and can work to support his family and can even go fishing. Sometimes, when his wife goes out to do businesses, he cooks for the entire family. Every month he earns at least 100,000 riel (25 USD) and his children earn 200,000 riel (50 USD), so there is 300,000 riel (75 USD) in total per month to support the family's living. Consequently, their standard of living is now better than ever before. The communication in the family has also improved, because they can now talk to each other without fear. “I am very proud and happy about my husband’s change in attitude. This is what every family needs.” his wife, Mrs. Khum, said.

To read the rest of Mr. Sung Yoeun's story, please download 

For more success stories,please download 

'The Mechanism Towards Building a National Policy to Manage Alcohol'-workshop, 27th January 2014

On the 27th of January, PDP-Center, the Movement of Health and the 8th Senate held a workshop on 'The Mechanism Towards Building a National Policy to Manage Alcohol' at the Senate in Phnom Penh. The purpose of the workshop was to come up with a national policy to control and monitor the consumption and promotion of alcohol in Cambodia. Alcohol has become a serious issue in Cambodia and although it is economically successful, especially as the tourism industry grows, it can have a negative effect on public health and civil society. Medically, it has caused an increase in both communicable and non-communicable diseases; but more startling is its impact on society. Alcohol is a large contributor to traffic accidents, domestic violence, rape, debauchery and more. Alcohol is also advertised without any limitations. The advertisements show people enjoying themselves without any warnings about the consequences of alcohol use. Because of this, people increase their consumption of alcohol, especially the younger population.

For the final resolution of the 'Consultation On a Mechanism towards the National Alcohol Policy Development', please download 

To see  photos, please download 

To listen to a radio segment about the workshop,please download 


For more information about the workshop and its outcomes,please download 

Case Studies in 2016

Project:Alcohol Policy


I. Reducing Alcohol Consumption in Funeral Ceremonies

II. The effectiveness of CAN Kampong Ampil Commune, Svay Rieng Province

III. Woman Leads Community to Reduce Alcohol Consumption

IV. Stop Drinking Alcohol for Family Happiness

V. Youth’s Work to Reduce Alcohol Consumption in The Community

VI. Alcohol Root is Pulled Out in Sangkat Check

You Can Read Full Story Click Here!

Joint Hands For Implementing Commune Alcohol Notification (CAN) April13,2017