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MPs propose higher age limit

9 July 2012

A majority of the Dutch House of Representatives want to increase the legal age for on and off premise purchasing of mildly alcoholic beverages from 16 years old to 18 years old. Public possession of alcohol will also be forbidden for youngsters under the age of 18.
Seven political parties support this amendment of the Alcohol Licensing and Catering Act. Four MPs will soon present a private members' bill.

ChristenUnie MP Joël Voordewind says the largest drinkers are aged around 16 and an increase in the minimum age will have a positive effect on health and school performance. Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP lobbied 5 years for the increase of the age limit in order to tackle alcohol abuse amongst young people.

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