06-07-2011GERMAN G. LAMA

Palma.—Algaida council has announced that  it is going to crack down on  illegal street parties starting this weekend when the municipality celebrates the Llogaret fiestas.
Any one caught drinking in public places and away from official designated areas will face on the spot fines  of up 120 euros.
The police will also be clamping down on large gatherings of young people mounting parties, known as botellón,  in car parks.
The move comes on the day that a doctor suggested that Spain should follow France’s lead and tax drinks heavier so to improve public health.

Alcohol tax
France recently boosted tax on beer by 160 percent and is now looking at bringing a similar tax hike on wine, with both moves designed to bring in extra cash for welfare programmes.

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