At midnight last night, all bars, cantinas, clubs and tiendas of all kinds stopped hawking booze in Oaxaca. Not permanently, but because Mexican laws dictate no buying or selling of booze in the day of or before an election. Obviously this doesn't stop people from drinking, but certainly makes it tougher to realize sporadic urges.
The 'pre-midnight stockpile rush' - which seemed to still be going strong shortly after 1 am near my house - certainly lent a bit of weight to the idea that short-term prohibitions do little curb net amounts consumed. ´Wasted´ would be a good way to describe the somewhat large crowd slumped around the abarottes.
Mex is certainly not alone on this front. Ecuador has a three day, pre-election ban, as do many others across Latin America. Same deal with some US states. Its an interesting connundrum, trying to think about how much trouble this law actually averts, and pretty tough to calculate accurately. With the somewhat heated political race in Oaxaca and occasionally high tensions, it doesn't seem like the worse plan. Plus, no one seems to complain about it (except for the fact that today, with all bars closed, the Spain/Paraguay game was nowhere to be found, and I wasted a LOT of time seeking it).
As propaganda continues to hurl from all sids, perhaps it is good that a few less borachos wander the streets for a day or two.
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