Teenage Issues

Information on some of the issues which affect young people including teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use and the laws surrounding them in Luxembourg...

Teenagers and Alcohol

The alcohol limit when driving is 0.50 grams of alcohol per litre of blood. However, the limit is 0.20 grams of alcohol per litre of blood for new drivers.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is punished by fines and points are withdrawn from the licence. Serious punishments apply to drivers who are seriously over the limit. Refusing to submit to a breathalyser test will lead to further penalties.

The minimum legal age for the consumption or purchase of alcohol in Luxembourg is 16. Proof of age should be asked for with each purchase. These rules do not apply in the home where parents may allow younger children to drink if they wish.

There are regular English-speaking Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon meetings in Luxembourg as well as meetings in French and Luxembourgish.

Teenagers and Drugs

The use of illegal drugs in Luxembourg is less widespread than in some other European countries. However, the consumption of cannabis is on the increase amongst the younger population.

Jugend- an Drogenhëllef (JDH) is an association helping young adults overcome drug and substance abuse. Counselling is available in English. JDH also provides medical assistance including various therapies.

Narcotics Anonymous (Narcotiques Anonymes) provides support for people with drug dependency problems. Meetings in French and Luxembourgish take place weekly, and it is possible to speak in English during the Luxembourgish meetings.

The members of Cocaine Anonymous seek to help others to recover from their addiction using the 12 Step Recovery program and welcome any person, including teenagers, who desires to stop using cocaine and any other mind-altering substances.

Teenage Pregnancy

Termination of pregnancy (IVG - Interruption Volontaire de Grossesse) is legal in Luxembourg up to 12 weeks from the date of conception provided the woman's health will not be endangered by the procedure. However, there are restrictions and a doctor has the right to refuse to perform an abortion and is only required by law to terminate a pregnancy if the mother's life is in danger.

The consent of either the parents or guardians or a judge decision is required for minors under 18.

The Family Planning organisation in Luxembourg is responsible for providing information on contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, sexuality, sterility and the menopause.

Teenagers and Homosexuality

Rosa Letzebuerg is the main gay and lesbian organisation in Luxembourg providing advice and psychological support for homosexuals in Luxembourg including help for coming-out.

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