Klink: "punish underage alcohol buyers"

13th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 June 2007, THE HAGUE – Young people under the age of 16 caught with a bottle of alcoholic drink could be faced with a fine. Public Health Minister Ab Klink is considering making possession of alcohol a criminal offence for children under the age of 16.

13 June 2007

THE HAGUE – Young people under the age of 16 caught with a bottle of alcoholic drink could be faced with a fine. Public Health Minister Ab Klink is considering making possession of alcohol a criminal offence for children under the age of 16.

Youth and Family Affairs Minister André Rouvoet wants first to look at the possibility of stopping the sale of alcopops in supermarkets. He says it is the sweetness of these drinks that leads to excessive consumption of them among young teenagers.

It could be difficult to single out alcopops for a ban in supermarkets however because European regulations only allow distinctions to be made on the basis of alcohol percentages.

The sale of alcohol to people under 16 is already banned, but Klink would now like to make possession a crime as well – this would finally punish those actually buying the alcohol, not just those selling it.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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