Elche establishments join initiative to promote the responsible serving of alcohol

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MAYOR OF Juventud, Teresa Macia, visited 17 Elche establishments this week to award them with a badge recognising their cooperation with the ‘Servicio Responsable’ programme – an initiative to promote the responsible serving of alcohol and the prevention of drug addiction.

The ‘Servicio Responsable’ programme, headed up by Juana Barcala, has been promoted by the Community Prevention Unit in Addictive Behaviour (UPCCA) of the City of Elche, with the collaboration of the NGO Control Club.

Macia said: ‘the programme has been a great success, recognising Elche as one of the cities in which most businesses have adhered to the initiative.’

Created in 2009 as part of the collaboration agreement between the Government Delegation for the National Plan on Drugs and the Spanish Federation of Hospitality Industry, the ‘Servicio Responsable’ programme is based on the promotion of good practices in the nightlife sector and hospitality industry as a tool for community, school and/ or family action programmes to aid the prevention of drug and alcohol addiction.

The 17 establishments to receive the badges identifying them as responsible establishments are: Cadamunt, Suquer, La Cistella, Bar Casimiro, La Comedia Glorieta, La Puerta Verde, Flagherty’s, Pizzeria Cambra, Pub Ego, Pura Vida, Recreativos Levante, Salon De Juegos Jackpot, Recreativos Instanak, Cerveceria D’canto, Roser Gastrobar, Agila Bar and Restaurante El Galgo.

The establishments were recognised for:

• Responsible serving of alcohol
• Protection of minors
• Control in the traffic and consumption of illegal drugs
• Security and control of their facilities
• Capacity of reaction in emergency situations
• Adequate provision of the service and the attention to the clients

Elche is the first city in Spain to incorporate gambling establishments into the ‘Servicio Responsable’ programme.

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