A recent study published in the Journal of Wine Economics found 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 study revealed that as states become more liberal over time, they experience higher consumption of beer and spirits per capita - but consume less wine.
Researchers say that the findings are similar to previous studies showing that people with more socialist views tend to engage in more unhealthy behaviors such as excessive drinking.
"This sociological argument is similar to the theory of moral hazard in economics, which postulates that people may behave irresponsibly when they do not fully bear the cost of their behavior," the study concludes. "This moral hazard argument might be responsible for some of our findings, considering that more liberal states tend to advocate for a stronger role for government in health care and social welfare."
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