Steps to curb drinking for under 16s
23 July 2007 , DEN HAAG - The PvdA wants youths under sixteen, who are in the possession of alcohol, to be punished. In this way the party wants to break the trend that young people start drinking more at an increasingly younger age.
23 July 2007
DEN HAAG - The PvdA wants youths under sixteen, who are in the possession of alcohol, to be punished. In this way the party wants to break the trend that young people start drinking more at an increasingly younger age.
The PvdA is concerned about the excessive use of alcohol and thus wants to crack down on the sale of alcohol to youths under 16. It is already forbidden to sell alcohol to this age-group but in practice these youngsters can easily obtain alcoholic drinks, according to MP for the PvdA Lea Bouwmeester.
The PvdA has laid down its proposal in a plan that is presented today, Monday. In addition to making the possession of alcohol to under 16-year-olds a criminal offence, the PvdA also wants more possibilities for local authorities to clamp down on the illegal sale of alcohol. It should be possible to revoke a licence if alcohol has been sold illegally three times.
The Central Bureau for Food Retail (CBL) has responded positively. The CBL has been calling for stricter legal measures for years. ‘This greatly helps the super markets in enforcing the age limit,” CBL said.
The CBL is less positive about the proposal to link up the selling of alcohol to a licensing system. It fears for a lot of red tape.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news.