Proposal to impose fines on young drinkers
The Dutch cabinet has drafted a bill which would impose fines for drinking alcohol on teenagers under 16. The cabinet hopes the measure will help reduce the use of alcohol among young people.
It is already illegal for supermarkets, bars and off-licenses to sell alcohol to people under 16. The cabinet now wants to expand existing legislation to include fines for young people caught drinking in public. Dutch teenagers are among Europe’s most steady drinkers. Most children aged 12 have already drunk alcohol.
A proposal to raise the legal drinking age from 16 to 18 was rejected. A proposal by the previous cabinet to allow local councils to set their own legal drinking age was dropped by the new cabinet for fear it might lead to ‘alcohol tourism’.
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