Dutch youth: less crime, more alcohol

31st May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Crime among teenagers and young adults in the Netherlands appears to be decreasing.

The justice ministry’s Research and Documentation Centre reports that in 2008, for the first time in years, fewer community service sentences were imposed on minors between the age of 12 and 18.

For the first time in years, the Centre also recorded a decrease in young adults between the age of 18 and 24 engaged in criminal activity.

However, the number of young people admitted to hospital for alcohol poisoning has gone up substantially.

Last year, doctors treated 684 young people who had too much to drink. This was an increase of 37 percent compared to 2009, when 500 young people were admitted in connection with alcohol abuse.

These figures feature in the report Alcoholic intoxication among young people in the Netherlands. The report was published on Tuesday by researchers at the University of Twente and a number of hospitals in the main western conurbation of the Netherlands.

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