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Buying alcohol in the Netherlands is child’s play (17 April 2015)
Despite rules restricting the sale of alcohol to people aged 18 and over, a group of eight 17-year-olds were able to buy over a four-day period 850 litres of beer, wine and spirits as part of a University of Twente experiment. The teenagers were only refused in one in 10 attempts. More >>
Later closing times in Amsterdam, 34% more alcohol related injuries (13 March 2015)
The municipality of Amsterdam implemented a new alcohol policy allowing alcohol outlets in two of the five nightlife areas to extend their closing times from 1 April 2009 onwards. This one hour extension of alcohol outlet closing was associated with 34% more alcohol-related injuries, according to Moniek de Goeij and colleagues in Addiction. More >>
Beer bikes must be less of a nuisance: Amsterdam mayor (5 March 2015)
Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan has given beer bike operators one more summer to show that they can minimize the inconvenience caused by users of their bikes, AT5 reports. More >>
Council of State: 'CBR may no longer order alcohol interlocks' (4 March 2015)
Central driving test organization CBR may no longer order drunk drivers to have an alcohol interlock fitted in their cars. The Council of State, the highest administrative court of the Netherlands, decided that today. More >>
Supreme Court: Alcohol interlock is punishment enough (3 March 2015)
Drunk drivers participating in the mandatory alcohol interlock program cannot be prosecuted for driving while intoxicated as well, the Supreme Court ruled today. The Court considered that having an alcohol interlock in your car is punishment enough. More >>
More young teens hospitalized after excessive alcohol use (16 February 2015)
783 Dutch children below 18 were hospitalized after excessive alcohol use (mainly alcohol intoxication) last year, the highest number in history. Pediatrician Nico van der Lely of the Reinier de Graaf Hospital in Delft told the media that the increase was mainly caused by extremely young drinkers. More >>