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Holland – heavy drinking decreases

In Holland, the Health Survey 2013 shows that the number of heavy drinkers fell from 12.9% in 2012 to 12.4% in 2013. (Heavy drinking is defined as at least 6 glasses or more once a week for men and at least four drinks or more for women). In the age group of 16 to 20 years, the number of heavy drinkers decreased from 23.8% in 2012 to 18.1% in 2013, a decrease of 24%. Also, in this age the excessive drinking declined from 9.4% in 2012 to 7.3% in 2013. The percentage of young people aged 12 to 16 who do not drink rose from 75.3% in 2012 to 80.7% in 2013. In the age group of 50 to 55, the number of heavy drinkers increased by 27%. In 2012 the percentage was 11.9% and 15.1% in 2013.

This increase is not observed in the older age groups: in all age groups of 55 years and older, the percentage of heavy drinking actually declined. Peter Wolf, Director Foundation Responsible Alcohol Consumption: “STIVA is pleased with the decrease in the number of heavy drinkers, and hopes that this positive development will continue in the coming years. It seems that the message that you need to drink more and more people responsible is arrested“.


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