Britons abroad face alcohol crackdown as Spanish officials warn revelers

Brits have been told by Thomas Cook that they need to watch how much they drink on holiday in Mallorca and Ibiza due to alcohol restrictions put in place to combat drunkenness

Brits should limit their alcohol consumption in Spain
Brits should limit their alcohol consumption in Spain

British holidaymakers in Mallorca and Ibiza face drinking restrictions due to a crackdown on drunken behaviour.

Mediterranean resorts like Magaluf are hotspots for British tourists looking to let off steam and party.

But disgruntled locals have fought back against a culture of excess and debauchery that comes with budget tourism.

And while previous restrictions included quitting drinking on the street, people will now be limited to how much alcohol they can consume.

Thomas Cook has issued an important warning to Brits ahead of their all-inclusive holidays – which limit alcohol consumption by tourists in Spain.

Spanish authorities are cracking down on drunken behavior


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Many vacationers are choosing to go all-inclusive so they can drink during the day and continue their shenanigans into the night at party destinations, the reported Daily Star.

But now Brits are limited to just six drinks a day, which is only accessible with their lunch and dinner, giving them three drinks per meal.

The rule was enforced in Magaluf, Mallorca and some areas of Ibiza, angering Britons who had expected to drink by the pool.

Thomas Cook warned its customers while updating their holiday packages.

The email reportedly read: “Please note that the Balearic Islands government has issued a decree imposing a new restriction on all-inclusive meals.

New rules apply in areas of Ibiza and Mallorca



“A maximum of six alcoholic drinks can be served per person per day, and these drinks are only offered at lunch and dinner (three each).

“Please note that new All Inclusive restrictions are in place in Magalluf, El Arenal, Playa de Palma in Mallorca and Sant Antoni in Ibiza.”

The Balearic Government has also stopped pub crawls, the sale of alcohol in shops between 9.30pm and 8am and the promotion of party boats in some areas.

The Balearic Islands Tourism Minister, Iago Negueruela, previously said: “We want British tourists – we don’t want that kind of tourism.

“British tourism is essential to our islands. We share the British Government’s view that some images of British tourists are embarrassing.

People are only allowed to have a certain number of alcoholic beverages


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“We want to stop bad behavior. We will increase the police presence in these areas and the number of inspectors – we will have zero tolerance for tourist excesses.”

That’s what Thomas Cook said Daily Star : “There are some restrictions on alcohol consumption in certain areas of the Balearic Islands. We want to make sure our customers are made aware of this when booking.”

And travel association ABTA reportedly said it “strongly supports initiatives that improve the health and safety of holidaymakers and the well-being of local communities”.

The spokesperson added: “ABTA will continue to work with the Balearic Government, ABTA members and other parties to promote clear communication and information sharing to ensure holidaymakers traveling to hotels in the designated areas have a positive experience enjoy the customer experience.”

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