National Prevention Agreement stifled by lobby of the food and alcohol industry (12 April 2019)
State Secretary Paul Blokhuis (Health, ChristenUnie) has listened too much to the food and alcohol industry. The measures from the National Prevention Agreement, which was concluded after months of negotiations in November 2018, are therefore not effective enough. More >>
Blokhuis comes with a draft amendment proposal for the Alcohol Licensing and Catering Act (28 March 2019)
State Secretary Paul Blokhuis wants to make it impossible for minors to purchase alcohol via internet shops and home delivery services. Therefore he drawn up a bill to amend the Alcohol Licensing and Catering Act with stricter rules for "distance selling". An official draft of the bill has been made available for consultation today. More >>
Statistics Netherlands: excessive drinking decreased in 2018 (19 March 2019)
In 2018, 80.4 percent of the adult Dutch population said they consumed alcoholic beverages during the previous twelve months, while 8.5% said they are life time abstainers. The percentage of excessive drinkers* has fallen in 2018 : from 9.2% in 2017 to 8.2% in 2018. More >>
Young people get alcohol easily (15 March 2019)
A 17-year-old minor who wants to buy alcohol succeeds in more than six out of ten cases. Cafeterias, sports canteens, pubs/clubs/bars and home delivery services mostly do not comply with the alcohol purchasing limit of 18 years. More >>
Costs alcohol use in the Netherlands amounted in 2013 to 4.2 to 6.1 billion euros (24 January 2019)
A new Social Costs and Benefit Analysis (SCBA) shows that the total costs of alcohol use in the Netherlands in 2013 amounted to 4.2 to 6.1 billion euros. That figure also includes private costs, such as early mortality and loss of quality of life. If we only look at the social costs, we come to about 2.3 to 4.2 billion euros. Social costs are for instance the costs of lower labor productivity and the costs of police, judiciary and traffic accidents. The benefits of alcohol use are, for example, the excise income for the government. More >>
ER-visits: more alcohol intoxications and accidents with alcohol (17 December 2018)
Today, VeiligheidNL published 'Alcohol intoxications and accidents with alcohol; emergency room visits 2017'. The figures show a steadily increasing number of incidents in the Netherlands. It is not clear whether, or to what extent, this increase can be explained by an improvement in the registration of alcohol-related health incidents. More >>

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