Blessing or curse? 100 years of the alcohol act (5 May through 1 September)
One hundred years ago, the Vandervelde Act marked the pinnacle of the struggle against alcoholism. It prohibited drinking alcohol in public places and you could only buy alcohol in shops if you bought at least 2 litres, something that was simply too expensive for ordinary people.
The Jenever Museum tells the points of view of both supporters and opponents of this act through protest posters, pamphlets, legislative texts and news fragments. But did this act really vanquish the ‘curse of alcohol’? And what did it mean for jenever distillers and café owners? The act was always controversial and in 1984, it was replaced by the ‘alcoholic beverages act’, which is still in force.
Today, there are increasingly vociferous calls for a new approach to dealing with alcohol, so far without effect.
More information: www.jenevermuseum.be