Youngsters under 18 can buy alcohol easily

23 July 2018

The University of Twente and the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP conducted in 2017 in 61 municipalities research into the compliance with the alcohol purchasing limit of 18 years. Trained mystery shoppers of 17 years tried in total 2,118 times to buy alcohol at supermarkets, liquor stores, catering establishments, cafeterias and sports canteens. The result was that only 42.3% of the alcohol sellers complied with the alcohol age limit. So, 6 out of 10 young people under the age of 18 can still get alcohol without any problem.

The compliance figure is less favorable than that of a national survey conducted in 2016 (47% correct compliance), but remarkably more favorable than the result measured over the years 2013-2015 (30.2% correct compliance).

The best scores are from supermarkets (average 60.5% correct compliance with the law) and liquor stores (53.8%). Downright bad is the compliance behavior of the cafetarias (29.9%) and sport canteens (30.0%). The compliance with the law by catering establishments is 36.0%.


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