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Compliance with legal age limit now 21.5% (20 June 2015)
Secretary of State Martin van Rijn has reported to Parliament the results of a mystery-kids study investigating the compliance with the age limit of alcohol and tobacco products. The results of this study, in which 1,373 alcohol purchase attempts were made, are distressing. More >>
NGOs resign from health forum as commission ignores member state and European parliament calls for alcohol strategy (3 June 2015)
Public Health NGOs have today resigned from the EU Alcohol and Health Forum, following the announcement by Commissioner Andriukaitis that he has no plans to establish a new EU Alcohol Strategy. The Commissioner’s decision goes against demands from Member States and the European Parliament for a new comprehensive Strategy to tackle alcohol harm in Europe. More >>
Pubs losing popularity despite hospitality growth (29 May 2015)
The hospitality industry showed a slight increase in turnover in the first quarter this year. But despite this, pubs seem to be selling fewer drinks. More >>
600 Dutch teenagers fined for drinking alcohol (14 May 2015)
Almost 600 teenagers under the age of 18 have been fined for possessing or drinking alcohol in public, since the ban was introduced in January 2014, according to the government’s collection agency. More >>
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 >>