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    The number of minors hospitalized in the Netherlands due to alcohol poisoning in 2014 has risen.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The number of minors hospitalized in the Netherlands due to alcohol poisoning in 2014 has risen from 700 to 783, Dutch News reported Monday, citing a child health care organization.

    According to the media outlet, the increase was especially notable among children aged 13 and 14.

    The number of 16 and 17-year-olds who were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning in 2014 decreased, which could be attributed to a raise in the legal drinking age, the Dutch News reported. The Netherlands raised the legal drinking age for non-spirits from 16 to 18 last January.

    "Nevertheless, the introduction of the law has not led to a real change in mentality," pediatrician Nico van der Lely told Dutch broadcaster NOS.

    The Dutch provinces of Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland had the most incidents of hospitalization, with the average rates doubling in the city of Utrecht.

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