Surprising trend in spousal abuse

By Foo Yee Ping in Bangkok

MORE female drunks hit their husbands contrary to the common belief that it is the other way around, according to a Thai survey. 

The findings showed that 6.2% of female drinkers would hurt their spouses compared to 5.7% of husbands who did so, said Disease Control Department director-general Charal Trinvuthipong. 

Thailand launched a campaign to educate people on the ill effects of drinking on Sunday in conjunction with the start of the three-month Buddhist Lent celebrations. 

Thais were the fifth heaviest drinkers in the world, Bangkok Post quoted Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan as saying yesterday.  

She said a survey by the National Statistics Bureau last year discovered that 18.6 million Thais were consumers of alcohol. 

They made up 29% of the population and the majority were men aged 25 to 44.  

·THE traditional puppet show in Bangkok’s Suan Lum Night Bazaar nearly had to call it a day because of mounting debts until a solid show of public support prompted the authorities to step in to help. 

The Joe Louis Puppet Theatre, which failed to pay its 300,000 baht (around RM28,000) monthly rent for the past few months, is now allowed to settle the bills in instalments. 

Its fans had pleaded on its behalf through the Internet and talk shows. They wanted the troupe, started by a traditional puppeteer who resembled American boxer Joe Louis, to continue its performance for the sake of preserving a traditional art. 

However, there are always those with a different view. The Nation ran a letter yesterday from a reader who said that “there is a thin line between preserving great past experiences and living in the past.” 

Signing off as “Outraged Taxpayer”, he wrote: “If the theatre is losing popularity, you have to ask yourself why.” 

He cited the example of how Mona Lisa needed no promotion for people to come view it because of its reputation.  

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