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Study: Liberals drink more alcohol than conservatives
« on: February 01, 2014, 06:27:50 AM »
It stand to reason, then, they also use more drugs. :Odance:



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Study: Liberals drink more alcohol than conservatives

Apparently, being liberal is thirsty work

Published January 31, 2014, at 10:29 AM


 
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A sobering new study published by the Journal of Wine Economics — yes, there is a Journal of Wine Economics — finds that alcohol consumption in American states rises as the population’s politics becomes more liberal.

The study by Pavel Yakovlev and Walter P. Guessford of Duquesne University in Pennsylvania shows a direct correlation between political beliefs and the demand for alcohol. The study compares sales of alcoholic beverages against the political leanings of a state's members of Congress, as ranked by liberal organizations Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) and the AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE).

The research reveals that states with more liberal representatives like Nevada tend to consume up to three times more alcohol per head than more politically conservative states like Arkansas and Utah:



The study concludes:

In this study, we show that liberal ideology has a statistically significant positive association with the consumption of alcohol in the United States even after controlling for economic, demographic, and geographic differences across states.

These findings are consistent with other recent studies in other parts of the world showing that people with socialist views tend to drink more.

One 2002 study found that Russian socialists were significantly more likely than anti-socialists to drink alcohol frequently. Another 2006 survey of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine found that adults with anti-communist views were less likely to drink, smoke, or take drugs than their pro-communist peers.

The authors of this latest study offer two theories to explain this divergence in behavior. One possibility is that people of a more liberal persuasion tend to be more open to new experiences, such as the consumption of alcohol or drugs. Another possibility is that people living in more liberal states or countries may feel more confident in government health care and social welfare to pick up the pieces if drinking leads to health or social problems.

http://theweek.com/article/index/255855/study-liberals-drink-more-alcohol-than-conservatives
« Last Edit: February 01, 2014, 06:29:23 AM by rangerrebew »
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Re: Study: Liberals drink more alcohol than conservatives
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2014, 10:30:48 AM »
Could it be because Nevada has Vegas?  :whistle:

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One 2002 study found that Russian socialists were significantly more likely than anti-socialists to drink alcohol frequently. Another 2006 survey of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine found that adults with anti-communist views were less likely to drink, smoke, or take drugs than their pro-communist peers.

As for that - old habits die hard. If you were anti-communist, you kept your damned mouth shut about it. Kind of hard to avoid jumping on the table and shouting your views when you are hammered out of your mind. If your views jibe with the rulers, hey, go ahead and take the edge off. You're safe.
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Re: Study: Liberals drink more alcohol than conservatives
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2014, 05:29:08 PM »
Could it be because Nevada has Vegas?  :whistle:

As for that - old habits die hard. If you were anti-communist, you kept your damned mouth shut about it. Kind of hard to avoid jumping on the table and shouting your views when you are hammered out of your mind. If your views jibe with the rulers, hey, go ahead and take the edge off. You're safe.

EC, do they "choom" in Russia? :Obounce:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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Re: Study: Liberals drink more alcohol than conservatives
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2014, 05:44:12 PM »
EC, do they "choom" in Russia? :Obounce:

They do. Prefer hashish though, it's easier to get since the volume is much smaller to bring in. Opium is also popular.
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