Ministers act on teenage drinking

A ban on the sale of pre-mixed cocktails in supermarkets and tougher alcohol sales licences are among the measures the cabinet plans to introduce to curb teenage drinking, according to NOS news.

Ministers want to reduce the number of under-16s who drink alcohol by 25%, NOS quotes the leaked proposal as saying.
Supermarkets and shops caught selling alcohol to minors will lose their licences, and the sale of alcopops like Bacardi breezers will be confined to wine and spirits shops.
Under-16s caught with alcohol in their possession will also face criminal charges, if the plans go through. Radio and television advertising alcoholic drinks in the early evening will also be restricted.
Dutch teenagers are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.

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