Confirmed: Liberals Booze it Up More than Conservatives

A study by the Journal of Wine Economics (talk about a "niche" publication) proves something that we have long suspected: Liberals drink more than conservatives.

What's more, worldwide studies have shown that socialists drink far more than righties.

All of this makes perfect sense when you consider the extraordinary unhappiness that liberalism and socialism bring to the lives of ordinary humans. Think of the massive amount of alcohol -- specifically vodka -- consumed when Russia was Communist. In fact, excessive alcohol consumption was a hallmark of most Eastern European countries There were riots when Gorbachev tried to reduce alcohol consumption in the 1980's. I guess when there's not much to do where you aren't assaulted with socialist propaganda, vodka seems a suitable entertainment.

But here in America, the more liberal a state becomes, the more its people booze it up.

The Week:

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:

1-5The 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.

What is it about socialism and liberalism that makes people want to escape reality?

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