US warns travelers about tainted alcohol in Mexico
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July 27, 2017
The United States is warning travellers to Mexico about tainted or counterfeit alcohol following the death of a Wisconsin woman. "There have been allegations that consumption of tainted or substandard alcohol has resulted in illness or blacking out."

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Game and Story Use

  • Terrorist are spreading a virus though alcohol, to spread fear.
  • Equally well likely to be an example of Big Corporate spreading fear to encourage brand loyalty ("That Mexican beer could be contaminated … make sure you drink a brand of American beer that you recognise instead!").
  • Technically, consumption of perfectly good alcohol has been known to result in illness or blacking out.
  • Ironically, in the third world, the alcohol is often safer than the water - it generally requires something close to gross incompetence or deliberate malfeasance to toxify any alcohol where distilling isn't involved.
  • Actually, if there's any nation with a reputation for poisoning people with contaminated booze, it's 1920s America…
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