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Uruguay Launches Program to Reduce Drinking among the Young

MONTEVIDEO – The Uruguayan government has launched a pilot project to reduce the consumption of alcoholic beverages among teens and young people, trying to persuade them that “it is possible to have fun without booze,” Public Health Minister Jorge Basso said.

The “Free Pass” program targets “the prior one,” as the consumption of alcohol before arriving at clubs is referred to in Uruguay, with tents set up near establishments, providing free tickets to young people who take an alcohol test.

“Basically, we’ll installing mobile posts near some clubs in Canelones and Rocha (provinces in southern and southeastern Uruguay) in a pilot test over the first 15 days of January, where tests to measure the presence of alcohol in the blood will be conducted on youngsters who want to get in without paying,” the minister said.

The government is trying to deal with a “social health phenomenon,” since studies conducted in 2014 showed that Uruguayan teens start consuming alcohol, on average, when they are about 13, Basso said.

 

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