A British man has criticized a new “six drinks a day” rule in Spain.
The new law means people on all-inclusive holidays are limited to just three alcoholic beverages with lunch, followed by another three with dinner.
Tourists have to pay more to get around the controversial rule.
Jason Walker, 42, recently went on an all-inclusive trip to Mallorca to celebrate his cousin’s birthday.
But he was left ‘angry and upset’ by a cap on his drink.
He had sprayed £ 240 off for a three-night trip with travel company Love Holiday and expected as much food and booze as he wanted.
But instead, a security officer informed the shocked Briton that there would be limits to his free alcohol consumption.
Jason said: ‘We only found out when we checked in and had only budgeted so much because we thought all our food and drink would be covered.
‘We were very sad and angry.
‘We have come as a family of eight to celebrate my cousin’s 40th birthday, and although we have still had a good time, we have incurred extra costs as a result.’
The rule has been in place since January, but has caught many Britons off guard.
It affects various resorts in the Balearic Islands, including Palma, Ibiza and Magaluf.
The intervention against alcohol is part of a package of measures aimed at cracking down on antisocial behavior in Spain.
There are reports that bans on pub crawl, happy hours and even offers of two-for-one drinks are also in effect.
Jason, from Blackburn in Lancashire, added: “I understand that they are trying to curb alcohol abuse and bullying behavior, but I think it has been done very sneakily – I was not made aware of it and did not know the law.
‘We’re here as a family too, and all-inclusive is great for families as you do not have to worry about budgeting for food and drink.’
He also believes that holidays, where the rule of three drinks per. meal is in place, is mislabeled and should not be labeled as ‘all inclusive’.
Holidaymakers who write on social media have reacted angrily to the new laws, which many feel have not been made public to a large extent.
A spokesman for ABTA – The Travel Association said the rules have the potential to create ‘confusion’ among holidaymakers.
A spokesman said: ‘Some of the measures taken by the Balearic Islands authorities to curb antisocial behavior have the potential to create confusion for British holidaymakers.
“We welcome the recent clarification from the authorities, including that the restrictions will only apply to certain restricted areas in Mallorca and Ibiza rather than the entire Balearic Islands as originally proposed.”
Tour operator Thomas Cook recently warned their customers about the downfall of free booze via email.
Love Holidays, which sold the all-inclusive holiday to Jason, told Metro.co.uk: ‘We were saddened to hear that the customer was disappointed with their stay at the Aluasun Torrenova Hotel.
‘We value any feedback from our customers and constantly review our processes to offer our customers the best possible experience. Unfortunately, the customer on this occasion did not contact to raise the issue. As such, we have not had the opportunity to address the query with the customer. ‘
The spokesman added: “We will always encourage customers to read the details of their hotel to ensure they are happy with their purchase.”
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