Defence stops "unlimited" drinking

20th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

20 April 2007, THE HAGUE – Commander of the Armed Forces Dick Berlijn has put an end to what he calls "unlimited and unsupervised" alcohol use by Dutch soldiers on the Greek island of Crete.

20 April 2007

THE HAGUE – Commander of the Armed Forces Dick Berlijn has put an end to what he calls "unlimited and unsupervised" alcohol use by Dutch soldiers on the Greek island of Crete.

There have been incidents of public drunkenness and fighting involving the troops, who spend some time on the island for rest and relaxation on their way home from serving in Afghanistan.

Dick Berlijn instructed the commander on Crete that soldiers should only be provided two drinks each at the expense of the defence department, They are allowed to buy another one themselves under the supervision of officers.

Berlijn pointed out in the newspaper of the defence department (Defensiekrant) that 5,000 soldiers have taken part in the programme on Crete designed to help them adjust to civilian life after their experiences in Afghanistan. Berlijn warned about "prejudices and overreaction" and said that the programme was worth continuing.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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