A "parliamentary inquiry" into alcohol and drugs: a survey of psychoactive substance use and gambling among members of the Dutch parliament

Subst Use Misuse. 1997 May;32(6):679-97. doi: 10.3109/10826089709039370.


In the fall of 1994 a survey was conducted on the use of alcohol and drugs and on gambling among members of the Dutch parliament. The survey indicated that almost two-thirds of the representatives sampled supported legalization of marijuana. A smaller majority (57%) was in favor of reducing the number of coffee shops selling marijuana. At least a quarter of the members of parliament had used marijuana themselves at one time or other. Alcohol consumption could be said to be "excessive" or "very excessive" for nearly 10% of the members of parliament. In general, the nature and extent of the parliamentarians' substance use was comparable to that in the Dutch general population.

MeSH terms

  • Bias
  • Female
  • Gambling*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Politics*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires