The problem of unlimited drinking bars in Germany has been underlined by the death of a 16 year old boy who had drunk some 50 tequilas. The young man had attended a so-called “flat rate” party, where entrants who pay a fixed fee of around 10 euros are allowed to consume as much alcohol as they want.
The victim had spent four weeks in a coma.
Under German law, spirits should only be served to over 18s, and Federal drugs commissioner Sabine Baetzing said the case showed how important it was that laws protecting young people should be respected. Many politicians are calling on bars to introduce a voluntary ban on “flat rate” parties.
Alchohol abuse among young people appears to be a growing problem in many countries in Europe – in Spain so-called “botellon” parties, in which youths gather to drink excessively, have become a widespread public order concern.