Tainted Alcohol in Mexico - A Serious Problem

If anyone is cruising or taking a land tour in Mexico please be extremely cautious about drinking ANY  alcohol there.  American tourists have died or been seriously impaired in Mexico consuming just 2 mixed drinks some made with tainted tequila.  There have been over 3 dozen incidents that have occurred   And these are occurring at numerous resorts.


Many victim couldn't remember what happened to them or how they even got home.  Some had hallucinations, frightening images and loss of free will.  Some said that they were terrified and couldn't understand why.  Others drowned, went into a rage or suffered concussions.  Reports seem to indicate that people are being spiked with something purposely. 


The Mexican Government has acknowledged that the nation has a problem with adulterated alcohol.  If you drink out of a bottle, be sure that the bottle cap is still sealed and that the label has not been tampered with in any way.  I would strongly recommend not going on a Pub Crawl in Mexico.  And you thought that you just had to avoid the water. 

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12 Answers

I herd of that on the news.....scary. I used to enjoy the wine and brandy tastings in Mexico, I always came home with a few bottles Crying

We do all our drinking on the ship..you know the old saying"don't drink the water", now it is don't drink the alcohol

The reports have been on our news too.

Unfortunately times are changing. I, too, liked to bring home souvenir bottles of liquor for friends. Perhaps it is still safe to buy in Duty-Free shops.


From the one article that I read, it seems that the "attacks" are specific. If it were a production issue (something contaminating the bottle) the victims would be more widespread (everyone who had something from the bottle would get ill, not just a couple of people).

Therefore, it is probably a bartender or waiter.

My guess would be fentanyl.

According to my weekend newspaper, the problem is occurring at many ports, hotels, etc.

One line in particular stood out - 'At this time, the Mexican government is not stepping in to address the issue'.

I would think for the benefit of the tourist industry, the Mexican government would be all over this.

I agree it is widespread area-wise, but seems targeted at each location.

I only drink beer in Mexico

This is something I'm not about worry over.


Here's some advice from USA Today about it. Seems to me my plan to try out the wine tasting in Mexico is okay.


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