Here’s a juicy tidbit that could have come out of the “Everybody Knows That” department—liberals drink more alcohol than conservatives. The new finding, recently reported in the Journal of Wine Economics, revealed for the first time that there is indeed a direct correlation between political beliefs and the demand for alcohol.
For anyone who lives in a blue state, the very idea might be, well, self-evident. Ever partied in California or New York? But the research also revealed the extent of the difference. Residents of more politically liberal states like Nevada tend to consume up to three times more alcohol than residents of politically conservative states like Utah next door.
The economists who conducted the study looked at the relationship between drinking and politics in all 50 states over the past 50 years. The longitudinal approach showed another fact: if a state became more politically liberal over time, its consumption of beer and spirits rose. The data specifically on wine was less conclusive.
As for why the correlation exists, the scientists suggested that people of a more liberal persuasion tend to be open to new experiences and to experiences that involve the consumption of alcohol and drugs.
If you’re old enough to have gone to Woodstock, you’re old enough to remember Bob Dylan’s take on things like this: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” (Subterranean Homesick Blues)
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