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Facts and Figures

1. Recorded alcohol consumption per capita 1960 - 2015

Alcoholconsumption 1960-2015 version february 2017

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Alcohol consumption 1960 - 2015 (98 kB)

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2. Market shares alcohol sales

Market shares alcohol sales

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Market shares alcohol sales (319 kB)

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3. Alcohol consumers, ex-drinkers and life time abstainers, 2015

  Alcohol consumers % Ex-drinkers % Life time abstainers %
Men 12+ 81.9 8.7 9.4
Women 12+ 72.3 13.4 14.3
Total 12+ population 77.1 11.1 11.8

Source: Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek

4. Alcohol use among schoolchildren age 12 to 16, 2003-2015

  2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015
Age 12 71.1 60.5 55.7 41.1 35.4 17.0 18.2
Age 13 79.5 70.0 66.1 53.9 53.4 29.0 30.6
Age 14 87.4 81.6 80.8 69.8 69.2 48.9 43.1
Age 15 89.6 88.0 89.4 83.8 83.1 68.8 64.9
Age 16 91.5 86.3 93.1 84.6 89.7 79.3 76.2
Total age
12 to 16
83.7 76.9 77.5 65.7 66.2 46.1 45.4

Source: Trimbos-institute

5. Prevalence of heavy episodic drinking, 2015

Percentage of population 12+ consuming every week at least 60 grams of pure alcohol on one day (men) or at least 40 grams of pure alcohol on one day (women)

  Percentage heavy drinkers
Men 12+ 13.8%
Women 12+ 10.7%
Total 12+ population 12.3%

Source: CBS, 2016

6. ER visits for alcohol related incidents, 2015

Age Intoxication Accidents/violence Self-harm/Suicide
< 17 1,600 400 200
18-24 1,900 3,200 400
25-54 2,100 6,900 1,700
55+ 500 4,700 400
Total 6,100 15,200 2,700

Source: VeiligheidNL, 2016

7. Alcohol related death, 2012

  Men Women Total
Total deaths 67.796 72.013 139.809
Deaths due to alcohol 2.647 1.104 3.751
Percentage 3,9% 1,5% 2,7%

Source: WHO Global Status Report Alcohol and Health 2014

8. Policies and interventions, 2015

Written national policy Yes, 2007
Excise tax on beer/wine/spirits Yes/Yes/Yes
National legal minimum age for off-premise sales of beer/wine/spirits 18/18/18
National legal minimum age for on-premise sales of beer/wine/spirits 18/18/18
Restrictions for on-/off-premise sales of alcoholic beverages - hours/days/places/density No/No/No/No
Restrictions for on-/off-premise sales of alcoholic beverages - specific events/intoxicated persons/petrol stations Yes/Yes/Yes
National maximum legal blood alcohol concentration when driving a verhicle - general/novice/professionals in % 0.05/0.02/0.05
Legally binding regulations on alcohol advertising/product placement Yes/Yes
Legally binding regulations on alcohol sponsorship/sales promotion No, except for tv and radio
/No (in several communities on local level)
Legally required health warning labels on alcohol advertisements/containers No/No
National government support for community action Yes
National monitoring system(s) Yes

Source: WHO Global Status Report Alcohol and Health 2014 (updated)

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