Cabinet, MPs clash over alcohol age limit

Ministers are sticking by their earlier decision to allow local authorities to increase the age at which teenagers can buy alcohol from 16 to 18 if they have a problem with juvenile drunks, despite MPs’ objections.

MPs say the move will lead to alcohol tourism, with teenagers crossing into neighbouring villages to buy beer.
The plan is one of a number of measures the cabinet is introducing in an effort to cut the teen drinking rate. Dutch teenagers are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.

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