A police raid at a number of bars, restaurants and discos in Brno on Friday
caught more than 50 underage drinkers at a single establishment alone. Two
ended up in hospital and one in a jail cell (known as a drunk tank) heavily
The establishment in question faces a potential fine of one million crowns and a two-year ban.
Young people in the Czech Republic drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and take drugs less than they did five years ago, according a Europe-wide study. However, the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs still found that Czech 16-year-olds have more experience with such habits than average Europeans of their age. While 8.2 percent of Czech teens smoked in 2011, last year the number had fallen to 4.5 percent.
A survey among teenagers in five Brno primary schools has revealed that a fifth of ninth-graders have either tried or occasionally smoke marijuana. The survey, conducted by the NGO Podané ruce, suggests that children as young as 12 years old start experimenting with the drug. Ten percent of 15-year olds admitted to smoking regularly and 16 percent said that they had repreatedly got drunk in the past.
Police checked 1,500 establishments with liquor licenses in the second wave of an operation to curb underage drinking across the country. This time officers detained 287 minors – 51 more than in October. The news was released by the spokeswoman for the police presidium on Monday. Extra checks of venues are to continue until the end of the year.
In the first two weeks of a nation-wide police operation against underage drinking in pubs and restaurants, officers are reported to have detained 236 drunk teenagers under 18. Eight of them were under 15 and one 17-year-old had a 3.25 blood alcohol concentration level, which is close to a lethal dose. The operation in which police are checking out discos, pubs and restaurants to make sure that alcohol is not being sold to minors will last until the end of the year.
This weekend will see the launch of a nationwide-police operation aimed at curbing underage drinking. Police offers, paramedics and members of the Czech Trade Inspection Office will be making inspections of pubs, bars and restaurants around the country to make sure alcohol is not being sold to adolescents. The inspections should continue until the end of the year. Alcohol abuse among teenagers has increased by 100 percent in the past 20 years and the Czech Republic now tops the European ladder in underage drinking.
Czech police are to launch what they describe as one of their biggest clampdowns ever on under age drinking in bars and restaurants. Details of the clampdown to be launched Friday were outlined on Monday. Several thousand police will take part in the nationwide checks against a background of increasing alcohol consumption by under age Czechs. Surveys suggest that Czech teenagers are some of the biggest alcohol drinkers across Europe. Business found to be breaking the law by serving the under aged with alcohol can be fined 5,000 crowns on the spot with further penalties to follow.
The police have announced planned checks of venues in the autumn to prevent the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers. The operation is to take place sometime between October and December, Deputy Police President Martin Vondrášek revealed. For tactical reasons, he would not say whether there would be one wave or several. An OECD report in July said the Czech Republic had the worst record in Europe with over 40 percent of 15-year-olds admitting that they drink on a regular basis. The police say they will publish the results of their findings at the end of the year.
There has been a marked increase in the percentage of Czech 15-year-olds who have tried alcohol, according to a freshly published international report from the OECD. While in 2002 the figure stood at 70 percent, in 2012 it had risen to 94 percent. The Czech Republic had the worst record in this respect of the 36 states surveyed in the report. The average Czech consumed 11.6 litres of pure alcohol in 2012, compared to an OECD average of 9.1 litres.