Warning about the health costs of mass binge

17th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

17 March 2006, MADRID — As Spain prepared for its biggest drinking session ever – and the hangover after – the interior minister warned of the health risks of heavy drinking.

17 March 2006

MADRID — As Spain prepared for its biggest drinking session ever – and the hangover after – the interior minister warned of the health risks of heavy drinking.

José Antonio Alonso appealed to parents and teenagers before Friday night's macro botellón – or mass outdoor drinking session – was expected to attract 500,000 people at 20 cities across the country.

"These activities have a high risk from the point of view of your own health," he said.

Alonso also appealed for both law-enforcement forces and local authorities to try to work together to keep the mass gathering under control.

Teenagers, using emails and text messages, have organised the contest to see which city can hold the biggest 'botellon'.

Armed with bottles of Cocoa Cola or lemonade, spiked with alcohol, they will meet in city centres on Friday night through to Saturday morning.

The meetings not only worry parents of the children concerned, but the residents who have to put up with the noise and disturbance.

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Subject: Spanish news

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