Country braced as 500,000 set for mass binge

15th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 March 2006, MADRID — Health minister Elena Salgado said the government is considering rushing through a measure to stop a national 'macro-botellon' planned at cities across Spain for Friday.

15 March 2006

MADRID — Health minister Elena Salgado said the government is considering rushing through a measure to stop a national 'macro-botellon' planned at cities across Spain for Friday.

The macro-bottellon is the name given to the mass drinking session organised by teenagers by mobile phone and emails.

Fifteen cities are said to be preparing for these botellones (big bottles) next Friday in which thousands of youths will gather in city centres, keeping neighbours up until the early hours and leaving them strewn with rubbish.

Salgado said the government may introduce a national regulation making 18 the lowest age for drinking alcohol in an effort to stop teenagers taking part.

At present it is 16 in some parts of Spain.

She also called on parents to help stop their children taking part in these disturbances.

Salgado said they should bear in mind the damage caused by heavy drinking.

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Subject: Spanish news

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