Dutch drunks have no problem being served

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Research shows many bars continue to serve alcohol to drunken customers even though this is against Dutch law.

Two actors pretended to be drunk in 29 bars and discos in the Dutch province of South Holland. In 24 of the premises, they had no problem being served alcoholic drinks. The test was organised by Twente University and the Netherlands Alcohol Policy Institute STAP as part of a regional alcohol prevention project.

A project spokesman said: “This was regional research, but it's probably the same in other places”. Local councils will be advised to contact the bars which were failed the test and agree measures to deal with the problem. The Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority VWA has also promised it will tighten up its own checks on bars and discos.

The South Holland project was aimed at the problem of youths being served too much alcohol in bars and clubs. National research shows that 18 percent of the young people who land up in hospital as the result of alcohol poisoning have drunk too much in bars.



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