The Legal Age for Drinking in Mexico

The Legal Age for Drinking in Mexico

A recent New York Times article warned that Mexico “has a robust illicit trade in alcoholic beverages that have been illegally adulterated or produced under unregulated conditions.” Drinking spoiled alcoholic beverages has led to illness and death. That`s why this article is about the legal drinking age in Mexico and the penalty you might encounter. 18 is the legal drinking age in Mexico. All-inclusive plans in hotels work on a colorful wristband system. When you check in at your hotel, you will always receive a wristband, which means you are of legal age, so you will never receive a card at your hotel. [Don`t make the mistake some people make by removing and throwing away your wristband on the last day, otherwise you`ll be charged a processing fee. The hotel employee will remove it when you check out. Of course, you won`t mention it when you check in. The same goes for the towel cards you receive. There is usually a small kiosk by the pool where you can exchange towels.

If you turn over a towel, make sure the guy gives you a card. Sometimes they “forget” to give you back your card. All cards not returned at check-out will be charged.] I don`t know if they ask for ID in the bars in the hotel zone, but I seriously doubt it. My two sons (19 and 14) and I spent a few days on vacation at the palace in Cancun last June. After checking in, they popped into the pool while I waited for our luggage to be delivered to our room. When I arrived at the pool, my 14-year-old son came up to me with a silly smile, holding a cup of iced drink in his hand. I asked, “What`s in the cup?” He replied, “Strawberry Daiquiri.” When he saw my shocked expression, he just shrugged his shoulders and said, “Well, he served it to me… ” and nodded to the bartender at the swim-up bar. No, I don`t expect you to have to worry about being transported to Cancun. Just a few tips: in Mexico, it`s not so much what you do, but how you do it. You can do just about anything you want, as long as you exercise a modicum of self-control and decency and show that you respect your host country. You are their guest.

Be offensive and loud and misbehave, and you will quickly exhaust your greeting and incur only the wrath of the authorities. So, keep your mind on you, have fun and enjoy your visit to Cancun! The consumption of open bottles of alcohol on public roads and public drunkenness are considered illegal in Mexico. Anyone who provides alcohol to minors can also be punished. But what if you or a member of your party is under the legal drinking age and you`ve booked a resort in Cancun? Of course, just because the legal drinking age in Mexico is 18 doesn`t mean everyone follows the law. You may notice that some places do not check ID and do not serve alcohol to minors. The U.S.-Mexico border has been considered a relatively risky environment for alcohol consumption for many reasons. It is a poor region with a high concentration of ethnic minorities, poor infrastructure for social services, high levels of violence due to drug trafficking (so far mainly on the Mexican side of the border) and easy access to alcohol in Mexico for those 18 and older. In fact, previous research has shown that most of those returning from Mexico late in the evening are young drinkers with high blood alcohol levels (Lange & Voas, 2000). In addition, those who cross the border report high rates of binge drinking and driving after drinking (Lange et al., 2002). The border area is also affected by intensive trafficking in illicit drugs. In 1990, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) designated the border, which includes border cities in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, as one of 28 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs) in the United States.

(Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2011). Because of this drug trafficking, the border is also known for its high rate of violence. Although this violence has mainly taken place in Mexico, it affects those living on the U.S. side of the border because of their family, friendliness, and economic ties to the population on the Mexican side. Finally, there is easy access to prescription drugs on the Mexican side of the border (Valdez & Sifaneck, 1997) and there is excessive advertising of tobacco and alcohol in the region (Power, 1998).

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