State Department Issues Cautionary Message for Drinking in Mexico

Jul 27, 2017

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The US State Department has updated its Mexico information page to caution travelers of a new warning in the country — its alcohol. The page now calls out its supply of alcohol, specifically how travelers have reported blacking out after just a few drinks.

The page, which was updated yesterday, reads:

Alcohol: There have been allegations that consumption of tainted or substandard alcohol has resulted in illness or blacking out. If you choose to drink alcohol, it is important to do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill.”

The new warning comes a few months after a Wisconsin family traveled to Playa del Carmen in Mexico and stayed at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar, an all-inclusive resort. The family’s two children were found face down and blacked out in the resort’s pool after just a few drinks. Tragically, the daughter eventually died from her injuries. The incident raised questions about the drinks being served at that resort and others in the country.

According to a report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, more than three dozen people reported similar experiences of blacking out after a few drinks. The blackouts have happened to people of all ages and genders at resorts across the country. Reports say that the alcohol ranged from tequila to rum, beer or another alcohol. Some vacationers reported to the Journal Sentinel that they only had a drink or two before blacking out, losing consciousness and waking up hours later with no recollection of what happened. Several people have reported injuries ranging from broken bones to sexual assaults.

The new State Department warning cautions people to watch what they drink and in what quantities they drink it. The national health authority in Mexico has seized more than 1.4 million gallons of altered alcohol since 2010. Last week, Iberostar said that the company adheres to strict standards and it “only purchase[s] sealed bottles (of alcohol) that satisfy all standards required by the designated regulatory authorities.”

The warning is surely unnerving, especially for those who are planning to take a trip to Mexico. If you fall in that category, use caution when drinking in the country. While not all alcohol will be contaminated, make sure you’re drinking in moderation and keep an eye on yourself and those you’re traveling with.

Featured image courtesy of Iberostar Cancún.

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