Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP

STAP is a national, independent knowledge institute of alcohol policy. It was established in 1994 and it advocates effective alcohol policies and greater public awareness of the risks of alcohol. STAP works towards dissemination of objective information about the health risks of alcohol and other forms of alcohol related harm.

STAP is also one of the most experienced research and consulting organizations for alcohol policy in the Netherlands. In recent years STAP conducted research for more than 100 municipalities (both large and small), mostly compliance research. STAP bases its recommendations on scientific knowledge and on proven effective experiences.

Activities in 2017

Action point 1. Fighting against increased availability
STAP fights against more outlets as it is a proven fact that more outlets will lead to a higher alcohol consumption and more damage. She advises municipalities, supports local enforcement officials and promotes a quality mark for alcohol free schools. STAP also carries out research for municipalities- often in co-operation with the University Twente -, especially mystery-shop research.

Action point 2. Promoting a prohibition of low prices for alcohol in the retail
Cheap beer and wine in supermarkets and liquor stores are a threat to public health. STAP wants a prohibition of low alcohol prices, by the introduction of a statutory minimum price for all alcoholic beverages.

Action point 3. Advocating for a ban on alcohol advertising and sponsorship
Alcohol advertising is focused largely on young people and adolescents. And with success. Young people who have seen many alcohol advertisements at a younger age, drink more. STAP advocates at national and European level for a total ban on alcohol advertising and a ban on sport sponsorship by the drinks industry.

Action point 4. Dissemination of information about the effects of alcohol on health
STAP works with other organizations to educate the public about the effects of alcohol on health. STAP wants a greater focus on the relationship between alcohol and pregnancy, alcohol and cancer and alcohol and the young brain. STAP also manages a website with actual information and ten theme pages.

Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP
P.O. Box 9769
3506 GT Utrecht
The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)30-6565041
F: +31 (0)30-6565043