The Spanish government is looking at radical changes to its drinking laws with a ban on outdoor drinking and a rise in the minimum drinking age from 16 to 18. The move is intended to outlaw the traditional Spanish "botellon", a custom of sustained drinking in public areas over weekends. Speaking at a conference on youth, alcohol and drugs in Madrid yesterday, Interior and deputy Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, said the government intended to bring in the new laws during this session, after negotiations with the regional governments