A minimum price for alcohol leads to fewer alcohol problems (12 May 2020)
Secretary of State Paul Blokhuis sent yesterday to the House of Representatives an investigation into MUP (minimum price for one unit alcohol). Dutch government is considering the introduction of this measure and would therefore like to know the results of relevant studies and the experiences in other countries. More >>
Dutch start easing coronavirus restrictions (7 May 2020)
The Dutch government outlined its road map to ease the coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, with prime minister Mark Rutte and minister Hugo de Jonge saying there is room to relax some of the rules as long as hospitals are not overloaded and the elderly and people in poor health remain protected. More >>
Alcohol policy measures can contribute to controlling healthcare costs (22 April 2020)
Last week, Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra sent 16 Broad Social Review reports to the House of Representatives. These advisory reports from top officials are prepared for the next cabinet formation in 2021. The report on controlling healthcare costs lists 40 policy options and many preventive measures, including 5 alcohol policy measures (see below). More >>
Beer sales in the Netherlands dropped by 36% due to corona measures (14 April 2020)
The corona measures led to a 36% drop in beer sales. This decrease was measured from March 15, when the catering industry closed in the Netherlands. More >>
Physicians find it difficult to discuss substance use by colleagues (3 April 2020)
97% of Dutch physicians of the “physicians panel” say that if they suspect a fellow physician is suffering from substance use (alcohol, drugs or medication) they will discuss this with that colleague. More >>
No Holland Heineken House at the Olympics in Tokyo (17 March 2020)
For the first time since 1992, there will be no Holland Heineken House at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The Dutch Olympic Committee (NOC*NSF) took this decision given the consequences of the spread of the coronavirus. More >>

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