Thailand has scrapped a proposal to ban alcohol sales over the New Year and Thai New Year celebrations, according to local reports. 

The country's public health minister, Rajata Rajatanavin, said the plan needed more study as it would impact a lot of people, the Bangkok Post reported at the weekend. The minister also called for a public consultation on the matter.

Thailand's Department of Disease Control, part of the Pulbic Health ministry, reportedly put forward the proposal at the beginning of the month. It asked for an annual ban on alcohol sales on 31 December and 1 January as well during the Songkran new year festival on 13-15 April in a bid to cut down traffic deaths and accidents.

In August, the Indian state of Kerala said it wanted to outlaw alcohol within the next ten years.