France mulls anti 'binge drinking' law

15th October 2014, Comments 0 comments

Inciting minors to binge-drink in France could be punishable by a year in prison and a fine of up to 15,000 euros ($19,000), according to a draft law tabled Wednesday.

"We have to put a stop to drunkenness that does such damage to young people," said Health Minister Marisol Touraine, adding the draft legislation aimed also to prevent "inciting people to drink on the Internet."

"Directly provoking a minor to excessive consumption of alcohol will be punished by a year imprisonment and a fine of 15,000 euros," the text said.

Anyone who incites someone else to "drink until drunk" will be liable to six months in prison and a fine of 7,500 euros.

Touraine also said she wanted to take aim at "games or objects that glorify the excessive consumption of alcohol", citing t-shirts or mobile phone covers with amusing scenes of drunkenness.


© 2014 AFP

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