Dan­ger­ous racket

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The po­lice’s crack­down on a large ring that was pro­duc­ing and deal­ing il­le­gal liquor is not just an­other item in the crime bul­letin. It is com­mon knowl­edge that il­le­gal liquor is big busi­ness in Greece and that it is spread out all across the coun­try. It is also com­mon knowl­edge that many bars and night­clubs are in­volved in th­ese rack­ets, ply­ing their cus­tomers with low-qual­ity al­co­hol, and par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the sum­mer when they have more busi­ness due to tourism. There is no need to point out the se­ri­ous ef­fects low-grade al­co­hol can have on cus­tomers’ health and safety, but it is worth stress­ing once more how lack­adaisi­cal au­thor­i­ties are on im­ple­ment­ing drink­ing rules, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to un­der­age con­sumers. Ev­ery coun­try needs to curb such ac­tiv­i­ties that have a di­rect neg­a­tive con­se­quence on the pub­lic’s well­be­ing, and Greece is no ex­cep­tion.

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