On Wednesday, local politician Maria de Lourdes Paz Reyes proposed the ban of cold beers and other beverages with 7% or less alcoholic content in Mexico City’s convenience and grocery stores. She also outlined a rule for shop owners to display signs warning customers of public drinking penalties.
“In this regard, prevention measures are recommended, including policies aimed at reducing consumption in large quantities or prior to carrying out hazardous activities such as driving,” Paz Rayes told her colleagues.
According to the National Victimization and Public Security Perceptions survey, over 75% of Mexico City residents considered “consuming alcohol in the street” as the main source of criminal and antisocial behavior in 2018.
Social media responses to the bill were also quick to discuss how the city’s economy would suffer if beer sales decreased.
The capital city known for its lax drinking laws could now face legal charges as the proposal moves forward to the Local Public Administration Commission for analysis and opinion.