Seattle WA — A new study from the Journal of Wine Economics find that states who have a more liberal view on politics tend to consume more alcohol. For example, the state of Nevada consume up to three times the amount per head than more conservative, neighboring states like Utah and Arizona. Understandably, Utah is a poor example when looking to alcohol use, but the study is interesting nonetheless.
“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,” the authors say.
“Holding everything else constant, our findings suggest that when a state becomes more liberal politically, its population consumes more beer and spirits per capita, but possibly less wine per capita.”
Source: Journal of Wine Economics: