No alcohol to under-18s, says minister

19th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

19 January 2006, AMSTERDAM – The legal age to buy alcohol should be raised to 18 and youngsters under this age attempting to buy alcohol should be fined, Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst said on Thursday.

19 January 2006

AMSTERDAM – The legal age to buy alcohol should be raised to 18 and youngsters under this age attempting to buy alcohol should be fined, Health Minister Hans Hoogervorst said on Thursday.

At present, shops can only sell to the over-16s. If the law is broken only the shop and not the customer is punishable. Hoogervorst hopes the changes will lend support to parents.

Speaking at a congress on alcohol campaigns in Rotterdam, the minister said he intends to talk with councils and other interested parties in the near future,

The Home Affairs minister Johan Remkes will be involved in any discussions as to change in the law, as more input from the police is needed.

Other measures Hoogervorst suggests include raising the bar on the sale of Breezers and other mix-drinks popular with the young by confining them to liquor stores and stopping supermarket sales. The rules on alcohol advertising will be tightened if necessary.

At the congress, the minister announced that 750.000 euros are being made available for more quickly identifying and helping problem drinkers – of which one in ten Dutch can count themselves but very few currently seek help.

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