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Holland - legal drinking age rise

From January 1, the minimum age for buying alcohol in Holland increased from 16 to 18 years in. However, not all municipalities have inspectors and only one in ten municipalities want young people aged 16 to 17 years to be fined if they are found in possession of alcohol. A survey of all the mayors commissioned by TVNZ, conducted by OverheidInNederland.nl highlighted that in 56% of the municipal inspectors in the first few weeks will warn offenders, 12% would also then warn more than fine them. Elsewhere, no municipal inspectors have been appointed. One in three municipalities do not have a trained auditor. State Secretary Van Rijn (PvdA, Care) is upset that mayors are not intending enforce the new law. “It undermines the message to children and parents that drink is unhealthy for teenagers.”

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