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Study: Democrats Drink More Alcohol

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Researchers find states that tend to vote for Democrats consume more alcohol per capita. (Getty Images)

Researchers find states that tend to vote for Democrats consume more alcohol per capita. (Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – There’s no party like a Democratic party, says a study from the Journal of Wine Economics.

Researchers from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh say states that lean towards Democrats tend to consume more spirits and beer.

2 Economists reviewed the number of shipments of alcohol to each state from 1952 to 2010.

They then compared them to “citizen ideologies” by factoring in votes for political parties, reports Time Magazine.

“Holding everything else constant, our findings suggest that when a state becomes more liberal politically, its population consumes more beer and spirits per capita,” the authors write.

They suggest the reason for this is that conservative areas tend to be more religious and abstain more from alcohol.

They also suggest a moral imperative. “People may behave irresponsibly when they do not fully bear the cost of their behavior,” the authors write, and liberals “tend to advocate for a stronger role for government in health care and social welfare.”

It could also be that the states considered most liberal tend to have larger populations.

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