Mexico City To Ban Beer?

Mexico City residents may have to slake their thirsts with warm beer after a local lawmaker
introduced a motion to ban the sale of the cold beverage in convenience stores. The motion –
met with incredulity on social media – would modify Mexico City’s commerce laws to ban
selling beer or beverages of 7% or less alcohol content, which are “refrigerated or in
different conditions than the ambient temperature.”

Stores would also be required to post signs warning patrons of stiff penalties for public drinking.
Mexico City’s ubiquitous mom-and-pop stores often sell cold beer in big bottles – previously
promoted as family-sized – and provide plastic cups, which people use to consume the
product on-site.

Mexicans reacted with ridicule to the prospect of buying warm beer, especially given the
frequently high temperatures. The hashtag #ConLasCervezasNo (Don’t mess with our beers)
trended on Twitter.

“It’s incredible that our lawmakers think of so many stupidities without previously resolving the
true and serious problems in CDMX and all of Mexico,” railed one tweet. “If they want to
disincentive the consumption of alcohol, would it not be preferable to increase the
corresponding tax?” asked another tweet.

Some proponents of banning cold beer sales complain the country is awash in cheap alcohol–
and say convenience stores will still sell hard liquor of questionable quality for rock bottom
prices. Mexico’s consumer watchdog has warned 45% of the bottled spirits sold in the
country are adulterated.

Public drinking poses problems, too. The 2018 national victimisation and public security
perceptions survey found 75.8% of Mexico City residents (and 66.4% nationwide) listed
“consuming alcohol in the street” as the main source of “criminal and antisocial behaviour”
in their neighbourhood.
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