A decreasing number of Dutch consume alcohol, but those who do are drinking more and more, according to figures from the World Health Organization. According the the Dutch institution for alcohol policy STAP, the increase in alcohol consumption is especially significant among Dutch men, RTL Nieuws reports.
Underage teenagers can order beer from most sports clubs in the Netherlands without any problems. The vast majority of sports club canteens do not check IDs before serving alcohol to young people, according to a study commissioned by the government, NOS reports.
Over 82 percent of football clubs sell alcohol to underage teenagers. Less than 19 percent of hockey clubs check IDs. Tennis clubs and sports halls did not perform much better, with 24 and 25 percent respectively checking IDs.
Large discounts on beer attract young people and problem drinkers, according to the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP. This in turn leads to an increase in alcoholism and crime, according to the institute. STAP is calling for the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol, RTL Nieuws reports.
To support this call, STAp has six recent studies that shows that setting a minimum price on alcohol is the best solution.
One in five motorists will drink too much alcohol before driving on occasion, AD reports. Similarly, twenty percent of those surveyed also believe their judgment is only impaired by four or more drinks, despite official limits equivalent to one or two drinks.
According to the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy (STAP) and the Koninklijke Horeca Nederland the municipalities are unable to maintain the new Licensing and Catering Act that will take effect on January 1 of next year.
Night club The Level stops their promotion to serve youth unlimited drinks for a fixed price. The municipality of Arnhem warned the night club they will strictly enforce the licensing and catering act.