4 November 2011
Amsterdam’s mayor Eberhard van der Laan wants to put an end to large scale party events in the capital during the Netherlands’ Queen’s Day public holiday on 30 April. They pose a threat to public safety because of increased alcohol intake, the city council said.
Specifically, the increasing emphasis on alcohol among the some 800,000 party goers is changing the nature of Queen’s Day and causing considerable disruption in Amsterdam. This year, there was a record number of calls to emergency services. Almost all of the 522 ambulance runs were alcohol-related.