- A Mexico City lawmaker introduced a motion to ban the sale of cold beer at convenience stores.
- The initiative aims to stop public and underage drinking by limiting alcoholic beverages that are available for immediate consumption.
- The proposal faced severe backlash on Twitter with the trending hashtag #Don’tMessWithOurBeer (#ConLasCervezasNo).
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A motion to ban the sale of cold beer in Mexico City’s convenience stores has sparked a backlash across the country, with social media users exclaiming #Don’tMessWithOurBeer (#ConLasCervezasNo).
Politician Lourdes Paz Reyes proposed the ban on Wednesday as part of an initiative to reduce public and underage drinking, parliament documents show.
The motion aims to limit the amount of alcoholic beverages that are “available for optimal and immediate consumption.” That means that it would prohibit convenience stores from selling refrigerated beers or other drinks with 7% or less in alcohol content.
Paz Reyes blamed the increasing number of “chelerías,” informal stores that sell cheap beer to be consumed on the spot. Besides banning the sale of cold beverages, she wants stores to put up signs warning customers that they will face big fines if they drink in public.
Social media users reacted to her proposals with disbelief.
“The brilliant deputies of the Morena party are worried about cold beers for immediate consumption instead of worrying about the insecurity in our country,” one user tweeted.
Another person said warm beer would not stop him from drinking: “I don’t even stop drinking beer when I have gout.”
“To reduce obesity, we should sell cold tacos,” one Twitter user joked.
— Sofía Dorry (@SofiaDorry) April 25, 2019
Alcohol currently poses a serious threat to public health in Mexico, according to a survey about national alcohol consumption. As Mexicans drink more and more heavily, 6.5% of deaths are caused by the irresponsible consumption of alcohol.
For some people in Mexico, the outrage should be directed at people drinking in public, rather than the motion.
More than 75% of Mexico City residents believe that “criminal and antisocial behaviour” in their neighbourhood is caused by people drinking in the street, according to a survey that tracks perceptions of public security.
“There is no doubt that we have the country that we deserve. Insecurity starts from the moment they start drinking outside the store or on the street,” a user tweeted.
“But it is more important to defend cold beer than to complain about the drunks on the street.”
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