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Old 07-26-2017   #61 (permalink)
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The story made the NBC Nightly News. State Department issued a warning to travelers about tainted booze...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...uts/513563001/
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Here is the official warning:

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.

allegation = a claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof

This is one of the more ridiculous stories I've heard recently. Do people honestly believe that resorts and the bartenders in those resorts are intentionally tainting alcohol? To what end? What is the end game? To secretly get you to tip them more? For them to kill you so that tourism comes to a screeching halt and they lose their livlihood? There are millions, MILLIONS of people who come to the Riviera Maya each year. Millions of people drink copious amounts of alcohol. How come we are not hearing of multiple black outs at multiple resorts?
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Another reason to only drink beer and only out of a can or just opened (in front of you) bottle
That's it exactly, and it's what I do too. The only place I drink an already opened bottle of beer is El Fogon. All others get opened right in front of me. if I get up and leave it on the table, I throw that one out and get another one. There are crazy people everywhere. I now find it best to simply avoid them...
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That's it exactly, and it's what I do too. The only place I drink an already opened bottle of beer is El Fogon. All others get opened right in front of me. if I get up and leave it on the table, I throw that one out and get another one. There are crazy people everywhere. I now find it best to simply avoid them...
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Here is the official warning:

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.

allegation = a claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof

This is one of the more ridiculous stories I've heard recently. Do people honestly believe that resorts and the bartenders in those resorts are intentionally tainting alcohol? To what end? What is the end game? To secretly get you to tip them more? For them to kill you so that tourism comes to a screeching halt and they lose their livlihood? There are millions, MILLIONS of people who come to the Riviera Maya each year. Millions of people drink copious amounts of alcohol. How come we are not hearing of multiple black outs at multiple resorts?
I don't think intent on the part of the servers enters into it. At least not necessarily.
Those bottles arrive at their bars sealed and they have no way of knowing what's in them, for sure. They just pour (and over-pour, too often).

That is assuming that this report:

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"From 2010 to 2017 the health authority has secured 4.5 million miracle products in the country, 311 million irregular cigarettes, 5.3 million liters of illegal alcohol and 533 tons of medicines.”

means that the 'illegal' alcohol seized was truly adulterated. (who knows?)

End game on the part of the resorts would be, of course, to make more money.




the wording of the warning is not the best-for sure. I suppose legally and ethically they are maybe required to put something to cover their butts.

Over the years I have read and heard in person too many stories about people getting black after drinking what they claim was 'not any more than usual' for me to not think there is something to it.

I do think a lot of the people who think they were roofied were likely just given some mixed drinks with 130 proof low grade alcohol- or, (even likelier, maybe) they were simply given triples and drank too much too fast. Most people would be embarrassed and not report episodes like that unless they ended in assault or robbery, so I would think there are lots of instances you just never hear.
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I have been to plenty resorts over the last seven years of living here. I have been drunk. I have fallen down. I don't blame the resorts. I blame myself. I was the idiot that kept ordering drinks. I'm getting annoyed by the number of people willing to jump on this "tainted alcohol" bandwagon. Accept responsibility for the fact that you drank too much. Sure, you can blame the heat and the traveling but remember....no one forced you to drink anything.
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I have been to plenty resorts over the last seven years of living here. I have been drunk. I have fallen down. I don't blame the resorts. I blame myself. I was the idiot that kept ordering drinks. I'm getting annoyed by the number of people willing to jump on this "tainted alcohol" bandwagon. Accept responsibility for the fact that you drank too much. Sure, you can blame the heat and the traveling but remember....no one forced you to drink anything.
Yup, absolutely agree
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i have been to plenty resorts over the last seven years of living here. I have been drunk. I have fallen down. I don't blame the resorts. I blame myself. I was the idiot that kept ordering drinks. I'm getting annoyed by the number of people willing to jump on this "tainted alcohol" bandwagon. Accept responsibility for the fact that you drank too much. Sure, you can blame the heat and the traveling but remember....no one forced you to drink anything.
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I have been to plenty resorts over the last seven years of living here. I have been drunk. I have fallen down. I don't blame the resorts. I blame myself. I was the idiot that kept ordering drinks. I'm getting annoyed by the number of people willing to jump on this "tainted alcohol" bandwagon. Accept responsibility for the fact that you drank too much. Sure, you can blame the heat and the traveling but remember....no one forced you to drink anything.
Agreed.

In the Iberostar case, I think the brother needs to step up and start telling the truth. He is the key, IMHO. His story and his words just don''t mesh with reality.
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"The U.S. State Department is now warning people to consume alcohol in moderation and get medical help if they feel sick while drinking in Mexico".
Mexico is the top international destination for U.S. travelers; nearly 30 million Americans visited the country last year alone.
People come to Mexico for the beautiful beaches and just unwind and let loose. But one Wisconsin family of four who visited in January to do just that lost their 20-year-old daughter. She was found face down in a swimming pool after drinking.
"It's not a new concern in Mexico," says CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg, "but what you have here is a perfect storm of more than one incident happening to people who don't know each other in different resorts. That is definitely a reason for concern." In January, Abbey Conner and her family arrived at Paradiso del Mar for their vacation. It's one of the 10 Iberostar Hotel & Resort locations in Mexico.
Abbey Conner died at a resort in Mexico after allegedly drinking tainted alcohol.
By dinner time, Abbey and her 22-year-old brother Austin were reportedly found unconscious in the pool after drinking at the resort bar. Both were taken to the hospital. Abbey died days later.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports dozens of other people also claim to have been sickened by bad alcohol at Mexican resorts, and some of them also blacked out. "They said I couldn't get out of the pool and I wasn't even able to stand up in the pool," Kathy Daley told the Sentinel. Daley says she woke up in a Cancun hospital after staying at an Iberostar hotel. "They said I was vomiting all over the place and they had to call the hotel doctor," she said.
More than 1.4 million gallons of tainted alcohol has been seized in Mexico since 2010. Some of the counterfeit alcohol is said to contain pure industrial ethanol -- an ingredient used in many rubbing alcohols.
Iberostar Hotels and Resorts told CBS News they "only purchase sealed bottles that satisfy all standards."
The State Department tells CBS News that people who become sick after drinking in Mexico should immediately contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate. The Iberostar hotel chain's management also said they were deeply saddened by the incident and that the safety and satisfaction of their guests is of the utmost importance."

FYI: Phone 999 942 5700 for the U.S. Consular Agency, Playa del Carmen
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The State Department tells CBS News that people who become sick after drinking in Mexico should immediately contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate. The Iberostar hotel chain's management also said they were deeply saddened by the incident and that the safety and satisfaction of their guests is of the utmost importance."

FYI: Phone 999 942 5700 for the U.S. Consular Agency, Playa del Carmen
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Agreed.

In the Iberostar case, I think the brother needs to step up and start telling the truth. He is the key, IMHO. His story and his words just don''t mesh with reality.
My running theory is they had too much to drink, decided to race, jumped headfirst into the 3' pool. One made it out. One didn't...
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Poor Heather
I was thinking the same thing but the sign on the Consulate door says BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. That is, EXCEPT IN EMERGENCYS
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and get medical help if they feel sick while drinking in Mexico.

Wait a minute... these same articles are telling me that hospitals are criminal organizations that exist to extort money.
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Wait a minute... these same articles are telling me that hospitals are criminal organizations that exist to extort money.
Drew, I do not see anything in the article that I posted that says anything about "hospitals are criminal organizations that exist to extort money." Did I miss something in my posted article?
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