Alcohol guidelines

Even with a plethora of alcohol awareness campaigns, still not everyone is aware of how much alcohol they can drink before consuming too much. This site provides a wealth of information on responsible alcohol consumption and helps you determine whether you may have an alcohol problem.

  1. No alcohol is served before 15:30 during association activities. This rule does not apply to activities in a domestic setting or to private matters (graduation drinks, receptions, etc.);
  2. During association activities in reception rooms, it is not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages that people have brought with them;
  3. Associations do not serve low-alcohol beverages to people under the statutory minimum age. Associations do not serve spirits. When in doubt, bartenders must ask for proof of identity.
  4. Definition of low-alcohol beverages: alcoholic beverages: alcoholic beverages with an alcohol percentage of between 0.5 and 15, such as beer and wine, pre-mixed beverages in bottles or cans with an alcohol percentage of around 5 and light shooters with an alcohol percentage of around 10. This also includes port, sherry and vermouth, although they often contain more than 15% alcohol.
  5. Definition of spirits: alcoholic beverages with an alcohol percentage of 15 or more, such as high-alcohol shooters with an alcohol percentage of around 20 and other spirits with an alcohol percentage of 15 or more, such as gin, rum, whiskey, cognac, liqueurs, irrespective of how these beverages are served. Please note: One unit of spirits (rum, for example) served with a bottle of cola or mixed in a glass is therefore considered to be spirits. The ratio of spirits to added cola is not important here.
  6. Associations serving alcoholic beverages must clearly and visibly state the age limits in the reception room.
  7. Persons who clearly consumed too much alcohol or are clearly under the influence of other psychotropic substances are not allowed to attend
  8. There must be a registration list of bartenders who followed the Instructions on Responsible Service of Alcohol (IVA).
  9. Alcohol may not be served indirectly. In other words: no low-alcohol beverages are served to older persons if these beverages are intended for consumption by young persons under the statutory minimum age. Voluntary bartenders may only be held responsible if it is clear to them that the beverages are ultimately meant for persons under the statutory minimum age (in case of low-alcohol beverages)
  10. When alcohol is being served, a bartender must be present who holds an IVA certificate and is registered as such;
  11. During high-risk activities, one senior coordinator will be appointed who will stay sober throughout the activity. He or she will actively carry out his or her monitoring task and is responsible for knowledge transfer between different bartender teams (if any) and emergency response team members. If necessary, a task of this senior coordinator is to remove from an activity any individuals who are behaving irresponsibly (or have them removed). The University security services may be called upon for assistance.
  12. The senior coordinator and emergency response team members present will stay sober throughout the activity;
  13. In case of activities in reception rooms at which a great many visitors are expected, associations will implement an admission policy to ensure that the maximum number of visitors is not exceeded.
  14. In principle, associations and organisations may not apply for a licence under the Licensing and Catering Act at the UT.