There’s a whole lot of bitchy people wandering Mexico today. Of course not everyone is feeling irritable, but the ones who forgot about the infamous pre-election prohibition are definitly not bundles of love and joy right now.
As with every election, Mexico has executed a pre-election prohibition called LEY SECA. Different states have different laws, but federal guidelines state 24 hours prior to election, all alcohol sales must be suspended.
Thousands of panicking shoppers set out Friday, waiting in lines for up to 90 minutes, to stock up on their choice of beer, wines, and spirits. It has been reported most retailers sold the same or more from 5:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. Friday, July 3, as they would have sold during an entire weekend.
The official reasoning behind pre-election ley seca is the suspension of alcohol sales prior to elections will cease alcohol consumption prior to voting which in turn will increase voter turn out and lesson drunken political quarrels, but as always, Mexicans have already made sure they’re one step ahead.
All week bars, restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores have been reminding the public of the upcoming 48 hour weekend prohibition and offering discounts on all alcoholic beverages.
For many Mexicans, there are only two things in life loved more than beer: family and futbol soccer. The National Brewers Association has recently reported Mexico as one of the top ten beer consumers in the world.