Miley Cyrus has been criticized by the head of an international alcohol awareness group after she was allegedly spotted boozing in Spain. The 17-year-old singer/actress was reportedly photographed drinking beer while partying in Madrid - the legal age to drink in the country is 18, but teenagers as young as 16 are allowed to consume "certain" alcoholic beverages without issue.
"Hannah Montana" star Cyrus didn't break any laws, according to TMZ.com, but she has been slammed by the boss of the International Institute for Alcohol Awareness. James E. Copple tells the website Cyrus' actions will encourage other youngsters to engage in "risky behavior associated with underage alcohol consumption," adding, "The young people that see her as a role model could mimic the same behavior and as a consequence will go out and become intoxicated, putting their safety at risk."
Miley was in Europe to attend and perform at the MTV European Music Awards on Sunday, November 7 in Madrid, Spain.