Tougher drink rules in the Balearics.

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By now readers will be aware that the government of the Balearic Islands has introduced a law about binge drinking.

curbing excessive drinking in the Balearics

It is designed to combat what it has called “alcohol excess in certain tourist areas, with the aim of forcing real change in the tourism model of these destinations; promoting responsible conduct, adopting measures to protect the destination and avoiding issues derived from excessive alcohol consumption in certain places of the Balearic Islands.” They have been introduced to last for at least the next five years.

For many years, drunkenness in places like Magaluf in Mallorca have made newspaper headlines. Images of high-heeled girls stumbling about in the road and lads urging each other on to even more drinking have been fodder for the tabloids time and time again.

The Balearic government will hope that there are no images like that to be published in the media this coming summer. It will prohibit the jumping between balconies anywhere in any of the islands (the cause of some deaths over the years), excursions promoting excessive consumption of alcohol, and the sale of alcohol at a global price.

It will also crack down on locals in the three named areas (Arenal and Magaluf on Mallorca and the West End of Sant Antonio in Ibiza) by not issuing any new licenses for party boats and establishing limitations on activity in certain areas. But any existing contractual agreements will be respected.

If suppliers transgress then there are fines up to €600,000 and having any organisations activities suspended for up to three years.  No alcohol can be served after 9.30 at night. This is quite harsh which suggests that the government is very serious in its intent.

The law will be monitored and a commission will be set up to promote responsible tourism.

No other country or destination has gone as far as the Balearics.

But in 2019, there was a similar crackdown. Locals will tell you that little changed. Will there be any difference this time?

The main reason for not mentioning this announcement by the Balearic government earlier was that we wanted to see whether any other destinations would follow suit. There are other hot spots in the Mediterranean that might consider similar legislation. Have any of them followed the lead of the Balearics? Not yet!

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