What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts?

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2017/07/23 10:49:55 (permalink)
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What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts?

We are traveling to Akumal in October and have recently seen an article in our local paper about a 20 year old girl dying at Iberostar Paraiso. This has prompted numerous post on different travel sites about incidents of extreme intoxication after one or two drinks at other resorts. Are these isolated cases or is there some problem at AI resorts? It is hard to find any objective news on this. 

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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/23 11:11:57 (permalink)
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My husband saw something about this yesterday also and he said they mentioned Secrets in the Riviera Maya.  I was wondering if anyone had info  also. 
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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/23 12:06:16 (permalink)
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It is a shame and our sympathy for the families and guests affected.  
I am not sure anyone will every know what the "real" story is.  It is probably no secret that the best quality alcohol is not used in an all-inclusive resort's speed rack.  
 
The sad thing aside from the involved visiting families, the local staff of the resort, like the maids, who will be affected by any down turn in the number of resort guests.  
 
The article is certainly a black eye for the AI's. I believe to be isolated and certainly not all resorts. 
 
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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/27 08:00:31 (permalink)
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It happened to me and a friend 6 years ago a couple of drinks and out for 2 hours lucky our wives were there.
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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/27 20:12:20 (permalink)
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That was one of the things I liked at ABR when we visited last time, there wasn't much in the well or the speed rack.  There were a lot of bottles being poured.  And if it was a popular item you could set and watch them opening and cracking seals on fresh bottles.  Sure, there are ways for that to be tainted as well, but probably less likely. 
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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/28 14:31:16 (permalink)
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It would surprise me very much if AI resorts that charge hundreds of dollars a night per person would decide to save a very few pesos by serving poisoned liquor to their guests.
Most likely the issue is tourists trying to drink way too much especially on their first day of vacation.
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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/28 16:13:17 (permalink)
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Here is some more info:
http://www.jsonline.com/s...ng-tourists/490429001/
 
It's about extortion folks. I'm sure the incidents are very few and far between, but it is happening. They make you sick enough to seek medical help, then the hospital doesn't treat you or doesn't let you leave without paying cash. In some cases, LOTS of cash. We all know there are plenty of folks that over do it, and drink way too much....but to think this little scam doesn't happen is putting the blinders on.




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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/28 21:09:25 (permalink)
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After reading the article I would think twice before booking at a resort.  I really prefer a condo now anyway. :)
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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/30 07:08:01 (permalink)
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AI's are much more likely to water down the booze than knowingly serve corrupted booze but it is Mexico afterall.

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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/31 12:36:25 (permalink)
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Here's a quote from the story that makes me think this is just anti-Mexico bias: 
 
"A search of the agency's data shows nearly 300 U.S. citizens have drowned in Mexico in the last decade, 39 last year alone. The database doesn't provide surrounding circumstances."
 
In 2015 25.9 million Americans visited Mexico.  So that's a death rate of 0.0002%. 
 
So Mexico isn't abnormally dangerous.  I've watched people drink in Mexico - they aren't drinking carefully.  And the bartenders will give you a fresh drink before you've finished your last, so I'm thinking that a lot of these people drank significantly more than they remember before "blacking out".
 
I also think a lot of the complaints are from people who are looking for a refund or credit from their travel agency and know that this is a way to do it.
 
As for the extorsion angle, I suppose that's possible, but the resorts have lots of other ways to get money from you - casinos, spa treatments, upgrades for the rooms, etc.  I think it'd be much easier for them to make money legitimately than to poison people for the hospital fees.
 
Now when it happens to me, then it's a different story of course. :)
 
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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/31 13:25:59 (permalink)
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     kagzar are you that naive, the article you are quoting in for americans eyes only.  Mexico is like Iran it prints what it wants you to know. pay to play
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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/31 13:27:47 (permalink)
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sorry Katgzar I ment  tsherr
 
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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/07/31 13:48:03 (permalink)
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     kagzar are you that naive, the article you are quoting in for americans eyes only.  Mexico is like Iran it prints what it wants you to know. pay to play




The article is from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and they are quoting the US Department of State.
 
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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/08/02 14:37:19 (permalink)
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I cringe every time I read about a death during vacation let alone one of someone so young.  Are there scams like this floating around, likely.  But tainted liquor or not, the article mentions that the brother said they had 4-5 shots of tequila and then another round with a group of people... that much tequila (even high quality) mixed with young people next to a pool?!  Like most stories we read on the internet, I'm not sure we've got the full story from either side, here.

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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/08/02 18:56:47 (permalink)
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I cringe every time I read about a death during vacation let alone one of someone so young.  Are there scams like this floating around, likely.  But tainted liquor or not, the article mentions that the brother said they had 4-5 shots of tequila and then another round with a group of people... that much tequila (even high quality) mixed with young people next to a pool?!  Like most stories we read on the internet, I'm not sure we've got the full story from either side, here.


 
+1 - there are way to many stories that are run that appear to have zero investigation by the publisher.
 
I think a lot of people drink a lot more than they think they did, and they are in the hot sun, dehydrated, and may have done so on an empty stomach with less sleep that usual.  I don't mean to make light of this, it's really horrible when stuff like this happens, but people do need to be careful.
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Re: What is the real story on tainted alcohol at resorts? 2017/08/13 19:19:08 (permalink)
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Update on this:
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/mexican-authorities-seize-illicit-alcohol-in-crackdown-at-resorts/ar-AApVUss?li=BBnb7Kz
 
So it looks like I was wrong on this. :)
 
I'm still not sure what could be done to alcohol to make people pass out (other than higher proof, but that seems unlikely if they they are trying to save money).  I'd be interested in hearing what the final results on this investigation are.
 
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