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International conference Alcohol, Health and Policy (1 April 2014)
The Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy (STAP) organizes their second international conference on Alcohol and Health on Friday, October 3, 2014 in Amsterdam. The title of the conference is: ‘Alcohol, Health and Policy’. More >>
Easy taking promotes easy drinking (27 February 2014)
On May 21/22 the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy (STAP) and the Estonian National Institute for Health Development (TAI) organize a third European conference on alcohol law enforcement in Tallinn, Estonia: “Easy taking promotes easy drinking”. More >>
Criminal death former health minister Els Borst-Eilers (13 February 2014)
Dutch police investigating the death of former health minister Els Borst-Eilers say she was likely the victim of a crime. Borst-Eilers’ body was found in her garage on Monday evening. Borst-Eilers, a trained doctor, served as the Dutch health minister from 1994-2002. She was responsible for an amendment of the Alcohol Licensing and Catering Law in 2000. That amendment restricted the number of alcohol selling points, introduced age verification and gives the health minister the competence to regulate alcohol advertising in an order in council. More >>
Sales through the internet: Water-tight age validation at Dutch pickup points (5 February 2014)
In the last week of January Dutch Health Secretary of State, Martin van Rijn, presented results from mystery shopping surveys in the Netherlands that indicate it is still extremely easy for minors to purchase alcohol through the internet. Van Rijn: "Resolving poor compliance is at the top of the agenda". After this message was made public, '' decided to equip all its pickup points in the Netherlands with Teleconnect's Ageviewers system, hereby becoming the first Dutch company to introduce water-tight age verification for internet sales. More >>
Utrecht council uses young teenagers to test compliance with new age-limit (15 January 2014)
Cafe and bar owners in Utrecht are furious at the use of young teenagers to find out if they are breaking the ban on serving the under-18s alcoholic drinks. Local politician Henk Westbroek was fined €1,300 at the weekend after selling a glass of wine to a 17-year-old girl. The girl and several other teenagers were sent out by council officials to test compliance with the new law. More >>
Amsterdam alcoholics paid in beer for collecting litter (6 January 2014)
Alcoholics are being paid in beer to clean the streets of Amsterdam as part of a project partly funded by the Dutch government. The organizers think other countries should abandon "old-fashioned political correctness" and adopt the same approach. More >>