The CD&V party put forward proposals on Monday to prohibit sales of spirits in shops open at night, service stations and points of sale located on motorways to reduce the number of accidents caused by driving under the influence. “Two billion euros. The annual cost to society for excessive alcohol consumption,” the deputy Nathalie Muylle claims in a communiqué.
She asserts that alcohol consumption-related costs are significantly higher than those caused by tobacco or drugs.
Mme Muylle and her colleague Els Van Hoof who, together, are also the driving force of the anti-tobacco plan, have suggested prohibiting sales of spirits between 10.00pm and 7.00am at points of sale located on motorways but also in shops open during the night, service stations and other points of sale throughout the rest of the country.
In line with the spirit of the proposal, the two Christian-Democrat deputies also wish to introduce a general prohibition on the sale of alcohol in vending machines.
Lastly, the CD&V party anticipates a better framework for those with alcohol problems, in particular both reimbursing treatment costs and growth in the number of supervisors. There are only currently only 21 such for the whole of Belgium, to check legislative compliance as much for tobacco as alcohol.
Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)