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Atheistic Netherlands and alcoholism

In 2014, The Guardian reported on a Dutch pilot program where alcoholics were given beer in exchange for light work collecting litter, eating a decent meal and sticking to their schedule.[1]

In 2005, the Netherlands was ranked the 13th most atheistic country in the world and the website adherents.com reports that in 2005 39 - 44%% of the Dutch were agnostics/atheists/non-believers in God.[2] The Netherlands also has the 11th highest rate of belief in evolution as far as Western World nations.[3]

According to the The European Alcohol Alliance:

Drinking alcohol is nowadays deeply rooted in the Dutch society. Alcohol consumption rose dramatically in the Netherlands from about 2 litres of alcohol per capita a year in the early 1950s to over 9 litres in the late 1970s. Per capita alcohol consumption peaked at 9.4 litres in 1979. While consumption decreased slightly throughout the 1980s, it started to increase again in the '90s, reaching 8.2 litres of alcohol per capita in 2000.[4]

In 2014, The Guardian reported in an article entitled Dutch scheme aims to reintegrate alcoholics by giving them beer:

In a pilot project that has drawn attention in the Netherlands and around the world, the city has teamed up with a charity in the hope of improving the neighbourhood and possibly the lives of the alcoholics – not by trying to cure them, but by offering to fund their drinking outright.

Participants are given beer in exchange for light work collecting litter, eating a decent meal and sticking to their schedule.[5]

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References

  1. Dutch scheme aims to reintegrate alcoholics by giving them beer. The Guardian, 2014
  2. Top 50 Countries With Highest Proportion of Atheists / Agnostics(Zuckerman, 2005)
  3. Photo: Evolution Less Accepted in U.S. Than Other Western Countries, Study Finds
  4. The European Alcohol Alliance
  5. Dutch scheme aims to reintegrate alcoholics by giving them beer. The Guardian, 2014