Alcohol punishable offence for Dutch under-16s
Parliament supports a Dutch cabinet proposal to make the possession of alcohol a punishable offence for children under 16. However, the initial proposal was amended following extensive debate about who is to be punished and when.
A majority of MPs agreed that young people under the age of 16 caught drinking in public should be penalised. If they are drinking in a bar both the publican and the child are punishable, but when a child tries to buy alcohol at an off-licence or in a supermarket only the store owner is liable to punishment.
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