Music Video – (I) Intend to Quit Drinking Alcohol

I really like (bordering on loving) this song and video clip showing you how a serious social issue can be addressed with a bit of joke and humour. In saying that, the humour is not that far from the truth. There is a real challenge to overcome the general view in Thailand that it’s OK to have a few drinks and still drive. You could argue this comes about from the Thai psychology of “mai ben rai” meaning ‘its alright’ or ‘its all ok’ or ‘don’t worry about it’ or “never mind” etc.

The meaning or application of “mai ben rai” is dynamic depending on the situation. Not to go into a thai pronunciation discussion, but you will see this also written as “mai pen rai”. I would say both “ben” and “pen” are technically incorrect as it should really be pronounced as “bpen”, but “ben” is closer than “pen” if you can’t get your tongue around the ‘bp’ part. The Laos (Isaan) equivalent to the Thai “mai ben rai” is “bor be yang (yang – sounding a lot like how you would pronounce young – so you don’t misunderstand and try to pronounce it like (b)ang)” in case you hear the Isaan version in your travels (and you’ll hear it at the start of this video as well).

As usual, enjoy the song with the translated lyrics!

Song: (I) Intend to Quit Drinking Alcohol
Artist: Poifai Malaiporn Feat. Yaisorn Taksin

Guy 1: Should I quit? Should I quit? Should I quit? Should I quit?

Guys: Cheers. Drink all.

Guy 2: Hello, Hello brother Rak! Let’s drink together.

Guy 1: No, thanks. I want to quit drinking.

Guy 2: Quit drinking?!

Guy 1: Yes

Guys: [Laughing]

Guy 2: Why do you want to quit drinking, brother? We bought so many drinks. Never mind. We would be honored if you just sit with us. Is that right, everyone? Come…come…come to sit with us.

Guys: Hello (Sawasdee)

Guy 1: Stop! Stop doing. I want to quit drinking.

Guy 2: It’s alright. You don’t need to drink. You just hold the glass.

Woman: You! You do nothing. You just only drink and do nothing! I have told you many times to stop drinking but you’ve never listened to me!

Guys: [Cheer up]

Woman: Awww I love you.

Guy 2: Stopped fighting already? It’s not fun anymore then. Let’s go back to drink!

Guy 1: Errrrrrgh I would fight her back if I was him. (You can see he’s drunk already)

Guy 2: You said that you want to quit drinking.

Guy 1: Did I say?

Guys: [Laughing]


[Poifai & Yaisorn]: I intend to quit drinking but I cannot help about it

What do you want me to do because all I want is to drink alcohol.

I intend to quit drinking. I intend to quit drinking. I intend to quit drinking.

Guy 1: When I grew up to be a man…listen, guys.


[Poifai]: When I grew up to be a man, there were also girls hanging around.

My friends only invited me to go out for drinking.

There were all kind of alcohols and I tried them all because it could not help.
I just let it flow so I built a club who loved to have fun


[Poifai & Yaisorn]: I intend to quit drinking but I cannot help about it

What do you want me to do because all I want is to drink alcohol.

I intend to quit drinking. I intend to quit drinking. I intend to quit drinking.


[Yaisorn]:The 5th
Precept* teaches us to not drink alcohol but I want to get drunk. I don’t know how to handle this.

When it’s Buddhist Lent Day**, I intend to quit drinking every time but I cannot handle this so I have to go out for a drink.

As long as alcohol exists, I will never stop drinking

[Poifai & Yaisorn]: I intend to quit drinking but I cannot help about it

What do you want me to do because all I want is to drink alcohol.

I intend to quit drinking. I intend to quit drinking. I intend to quit drinking.

[Poifai]: When I drink, I don’t want to drive.

It’s because I don’t want to have a problem when I meet police checkpoints. (The police ask for a breath alcohol test and a urine test) 
I only drink one glass, but it never empties

Why are you so mean to me?

Even though the level of the breath alcohol test is high but would you please be kind to me?

Police: Let’s go to the police station

Guy 1: Breeew

Doctor: How long have you been drinking? Miss your family? Miss your partner? Give me your hand, please.

[Yaisorn]: I can’t quit drinking

We have many people and we beat them all every time there is a concert.

We can quit drinking here.
It’s fun to dance in front of the stage.

We can quit drinking here

We can quit drinking here

You can ask them that we don’t drink here.

You can ask them that we don’t drink here.

[Yaisorn]: The 5th
Precept teaches us to not drink alcohol but I want to get drunk. I don’t know how to handle this.

When it’s Buddhist Lent Day, I intend to quit drinking every time but I cannot handle this so I have to go out for a drink.

As long as alcohol exists, I will never stop drinking


[Poifai & Yaisorn]: I intend to quit drinking but I cannot help about it

What do you want me to do because all I want is to drink alcohol.

I intend to quit drinking. I intend to quit drinking. I intend to quit drinking.


[Poifai]: When I drink, I don’t want to drive.

It’s because I don’t want to have a problem when I meet police checkpoints. (They love to ask for a breath alcohol test and a urine test)
I only drink one glass, but it never empties

Why are you so mean to me?

Even though the level of the breath alcohol test is high but would you please be kind to me?

Guy 1:
I will not get drunk next time.

Police: Let’s go to the police station.

Guy 1: [Crying]

Police: Let’s go!

Guy 1: Yes, sir. Help me!

In the police station:

Guy 1: Look at me now as an example. I’m caught drink driving.

Guys: Yes.

Guy 1: I will quit drinking. I will not drive too.

Guys: [Crying]

Guy 1: Ohhhhh

Guys: What?

Guy 1: I thought that they came to bail out on me.

Guys: Anyone can help us?

Guy 1: We will stay here for long, I think.

[Poifai & Yaisorn]: I intend to quit drinking but I cannot help about it

What do you want me to do because all I want is to drink alcohol.

I intend to quit drinking. I intend to quit drinking. I intend to quit drinking.

*The Five Precepts is the major part of the Buddhist practices to become more self-discipline. The 5th precept is to abstain from intoxicants or harmful substances.

** The Thai government has launched a campaign called Ngod Lao Khao Phansa (No drinking alcohol during Khao Phansa or Buddhist Lent day). The campaign encourages locals to abstain from drinking alcohol for the full three months of Buddhist Lent, since avoiding intoxicants such as alcohol is one of the five major Buddhist precepts.