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Dutch employers want to test workers for alcohol (7 March 2018)
Employers organizations MKB-Nederland and VNO-NCW want the Dutch Privacy Act to be extended so that employees in more professions can be tested for alcohol or drugs. They also want companies to be able to request more information from sick employees, ANP reports. The Lower House of Dutch parliament, will discuss Thursday a bill to amend the Privacy Act. More >>
Cabinet Rutte III targets problematic alcohol use alongside obesity and smoking (7 February 2018)
State Secretary Paul Blokhuis, responsible for - among others - prevention and mental health care, told parliament yesterday in a letter, that the Cabinet decided the National Prevention Deal should target problematic alcohol use alongside smoking and obesity. All three, Blokhuis says, are highly detrimental to health, cause premature deaths and are associated with problems such as poverty and debt. More >>
Light alcohol consumption also increases the risk of breast cancer (6 February 2018)
STAP calls on health care professionals to inform women about the influence of alcohol use on the development of breast cancer. The Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP has started an information campaign about alcohol use and breast cancer. This is in line with similar campaigns in England and Denmark. For this campaign a special website has been developed: The new campaign is supported by scientists and doctors. More >>
Last year almost 25,000 alcohol related ER visits (30 November 2017)
New data of the Consumer Safety Institute show that in 2016 in total almost 25,000 people in the Netherlands visit an emergency room after an alcohol related incident: 16,300 for an alcohol related accident or violence, 5,600 because of an alcohol intoxication and between 1,500 and 3,200 for alcohol related self-harm. The number of minors with an alcohol intoxication declined slightly, while there is a remarkable increase in the over-55s. The raise of the alcohol related accidents and intoxications among older people got a lot of attention in the Dutch press. More >>
Alcohol Marketing on Social Media (28 November 2017)
EUCAM published recently a new review on alcohol marleting on sociale media. The review, written by Amber Simons and Wim van Dalen, discusses the volume and content of alcohol marketing via social media and the impact it has on young people. More >>
The beer bike can be banned from central Amsterdam, judges say (1 November 2017)
City officials can ban the beer bike from central Amsterdam after all, judges ruled on Tuesday. The ruling clears the way for the introduction of a ban on November 1, the Parool reported. More >>