Ban on bar crawls in is­land re­sort curbs drunken an­tics

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A ban on bar crawls, so­lic­it­ing cus­tomers and large par­ties in the pop­u­lar re­sort of La­ganas on the is­land of Zakyn­thos has im­mea­sur­ably im­proved life in the area, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal author­i­ties who have be­come ac­cus­tomed over the years to scenes of drunken ram­pages by young tourists.

The re­stric­tions came into force this sum­mer af­ter drink­ing binges at the re­sort, long fa­vored by Bri­tish tourists in par­tic­u­lar due to its non­stop nightlife and cheap al­co­hol, fu­eled con­stant up­heaval, some­times lead­ing young revel­ers to the hos­pi­tal. The re­sort also suf­fered bad press as media re­ports would of­ten be ac­com­pa­nied with pho­to­graphs of young, drunken tourists passed out on road­sides.

Af­ter just a few months of the ban, things are al­ready much bet­ter, Zakyn­thos Mayor Pav­los Kolokot­sas told Kathimerini. “I am com­pletely sat­is­fied,” he said. “Vi­o­la­tions have dropped sig­nif­i­cantly as have un­sa­vory in­ci­dents from over­drink­ing.” Po­tami leader Stavros Theodor­akis is seen speak­ing with his MPs in Par­lia­ment yesterday. Theodor­akis re­peated his belief that there needs to be a cen­sure mo­tion against Par­lia­ment Speaker Zoe Con­stan­topoulou and sug­gested that this could be tabled in Septem­ber. ‘She can’t go on usurp­ing the gov­ern­ment,’ said the cen­trist party leader.

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