MPs tackle teenage drinking

Teenagers aged 15 and under can be prosecuted if they are caught with alcohol in public, MPs agreed on Thursday night.

The cabinet had earlier proposed leaving the issue up to local councils, but MPs demanded a nationwide ban.
Ministers also agreed to allow just a couple of local authorities to experiment with an 18-year legal limit for drinking alcohol.
Plans by home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst to give all councils free reign to set their own age limit were widely criticised for stimulating ‘beer tourism’.
The councils chosen for the experiment will have two years to decide if a higher age limit reduces alcohol consumption among teenagers.
Ministers have also agreed to investigate introducing a 9pm watershed for alcohol advertising on tv and in cinemas and putting a health warning on bottles.

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