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Minimum age for alcohol levy increases: is alcohol tourism increasing?
In the Netherlands, the minimum age for dispensing alcohol increases to 18 years with the New Year. In Germany the age limit remains at 16 years. According to experts, this can lead to increasing alcohol tourism.
The problem of drug tourism could be reversed Until now, drug tourism in the German-Dutch border region was known for the fact that citizens across the border were interested in the consumption of hashish and marijuana. In the near future, however, the problem could reverse and the situation may arise that Dutch young people are coming to Germany to indulge in alcohol consumption, because in the Netherlands, from January 1, 2014, the minimum age for dispensing alcohol increases to 18 years.
New regulation from January 1st The new regulation will also affect beverages such as beer and wine, which up to now could be bought and consumed by adolescents aged 16 and over. In Germany, the age limit of 16 years remains. Therefore, discos and restaurants on this side of the border, especially in the border region, could be particularly attractive for young people from Holland who like to party. The Euregio (German-Dutch Association of Local Authorities) working group "Public Security and Order" therefore estimates that the new law could lead to alcohol tourism.
Problems pre-programmed This means that problems are pre-programmed for the German border communes. This is not because they are Dutch teenagers, but rather because it increases the number of young people who consume alcohol in the region as a whole and could potentially overwhelm them.
Observing developments for a few months In the south of the Netherlands, business-minded entrepreneurs have already announced that they want to transport young people who like to drink to the neighboring beer country of Belgium on weekends. Such a concept could also prove to be profitable along the Dutch-German border. The Euregio does not yet want to assume the worst. First, the development should be observed for a few months and then, if necessary, a meeting of experts in the border municipalities should be organized.
Disco shuttle buses The problem now feared is comparable to that of the beginning of the year. After the tax on beer rose in Holland on January 1, 2013, more and more Dutch people started to buy beer in Germany. At the time, the increase also meant that business people included regular disco shuttle buses in their program on weekends. (ad)