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Viva Mexico: time for Fiestas Patrias

Tequila is one of the more popular drinks, among both buyers and shoplifters

The Fiestas Patrias will be wet in more ways than one. As tropical storm Odile threatens to become a hurricane and deliver some rain to the Pacific coast, that very Mexican spirit called tequila is set to deliver some fun — and more, for those who eschew moderation.

Tequila is one of the most popular beverages in September, when sales of all alcoholic beverages go up. The same can be said of thefts. A firm that helps supermarkets and other stores discourage shoplifting says September is the month when those with sticky fingers prefer alcoholic drinks above all else.

Alto Mexico says tequila represents 53% of all shoplifted alcohol, followed by brandy at 27%.

Of course, if you live in Tamaulipas, Sonora or Quintana Roo you might not find any alcohol at all during certain times on the 15th and 16th, as authorities impose a dry law as a safety precaution. One assumes those beverages would not be available for shoplifting either.

For those who don’t care for tequila as their celebratory drink, Bienestar 180 suggests four others that would be suitable for drinking on September 15, and why.

• Red wine: a study by the University of Purdue confirms that piceattanol, an antioxidant present in the wine, not only impedes the development of fatty tissue but helps eliminate it.

• Magic bubbles: Three glasses of champagne a week can help prevent problems such as dementia and Alzheimers and improve the memory, says a study by the University of Reading.

• Coffee: Another study, this one by the University of Scranton, says green coffee, made from unroasted beans, along with a low-fat diet and exercise is good for weight loss. The beans, says the study, are strong on chlorogenic acid.

• Beer: According to an article by the Spanish Society for Diet and Food Sciences, this particular beverage is rich in water, mineral salts, phosphorus and magnesium, as well as vitamin B.

Salud, and happy fiestas.

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