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Spain to ban drinking in the street

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7335.446/d (Published 23 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:446
  1. Xavier Bosch
  1. Barcelona

    The Spanish government is to ban drinking of alcohol in the street and the sale of alcoholic drinks to people aged under 18. The aim is to reduce alcohol misuse among Spanish teenagers and to tackle the nationwide fashion known as “el botellón,” in which young people gather in streets and squares to drink overnight at weekends.

    The measure was announced earlier this month by the home secretary, Mariano Rajoy, at the opening of a three day congress on young people, night, and alcohol, held in Madrid under the auspices of the National Plan on Drugs, based at the Home Office.

    Mr Rajoy said that the …

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