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Drinking age in Mexico


Mexico has an official legal drinking age of 18, but IDs are rarely checked, and a purchaser will rarely be denied the drink that they are ordering. Everyone knows that Mexico offers an awesome Spring Break destination for students, and there are over three million people each year that go to the country’s beach resorts to hang out and relax. Youth will be happy to know that they can go there without having to worry about not being able to get alcoholic beverages. As long as they’re over the age of 18, they can drink all they want. There are no laws pertaining to moving alcohol in cars either. Drinking in public is still not allowed though, and if you’re a tourist there, then it’s not a good idea to drink on the streets, even if you feel happy that you’re over the age of 18 years old, and feel emboldened by the alcohol. You can still get pulled over and arrested by the police.

You can purchase liquor 24 hours a day 7 days a week in Mexico, and the grocery stores have all the types of liquor you could want from everywhere in the world, along with beer, wine, and wine coolers. There are special restrictions during elections, however, and people cannot drink within 72 hours of a major election, and that includes tourists and residents alike.

Mexico has very lax drinking laws, and generally you won’t be turned down if you’re buying alcohol from a bar or club. It’s best to go there when you’re 18 though so you can fully enjoy every aspect of the drinking atmosphere and not feel like what you’re doing is illegal or wrong in any way. You don’t want to get taken away on some charge of underage drinking, even if it’s extremely unlikely that you’re going to get caught. You want to enjoy yourself, right?

Mexico has a notorious opportunity for being a safe haven (Cancun) where students can go over the border from the United States and enjoy a weekend of partying, drinking, and restaurants. That perception is not so far from the truth. Students that are over the age of 18 years old can go over the border to the Mexico and enjoy all the alcohol they want. It’s kind of a rite of passage for some students to go over there and get some experience of what really drinking and having a good time is going to be like once they reach the legal drinking age in the United States and can drink in college at age 21. Most of the countries in the world actually have a legal drinking age of 18. It is not unusual to see adolescents that are 18 years old in most of the different major countries in the world. It’s not that Mexico’s drinking age is artificially low, or a sign that they are showing poor judgment, because this is an age that most of the world shares for their minimum drinking age.




  1. grace says:

    Panamá is not in México guys!

  2. Dan says:

    This is not true:
    “You can purchase liquor 24 hours a day 7 days a week in Mexico”
    Hours for retail sale in the Yucatan State are 10 am – 10 pm Mon-Sat., 12-5 pm Sun


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