New law to crackdown on teenage drinkers
24 March 2006, MADRID — Spain plans to bring in a new law to punish teenage drinkers in the wake of national binges which caused street disturbances.
24 March 2006
MADRID — Spain plans to bring in a new law to punish teenage drinkers in the wake of national binges which caused street disturbances.
Elena Salgado, health minister, announced the draft law, which will offer a national guideline on the sale of alcohol to minors and its consumption in the streets by underage drinkers.
Presently, regulations differ depending on regional governments.
The new law will also try to alert to the fact that under-age drinkers that 8.5 percent suffer serious illnesses as a consequence of drinking alcohol.
The move follows the so-called macro botellon or mass drinking binge organised across Spain last week, in which thousands of teenagers held huge open-air drinking sessions in 20 cities.
In Barcelona, disturbances between drinkers and the police left scores injured and 54 people were arrested.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news