Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
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Cheap Wine Saves Lives

"In a working paper for the American Association of Wine Economists, [Cornell University economist Brad] Rickard and his team start off by looking at the states that allow grocery stores to sell wine, versus those that limit such sales to liquor stores. The increased competition of grocery stores selling wine, unsurprisingly, correlates with both lower wine prices and higher rates of wine consumption. There’s a surprising, public health benefit that grows out of that: States where wine makes up a larger part of total alcohol consumption tend to have lower rates of traffic fatalities."

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Tulletilsynet (#333)

Beer and whiskey make people drive. This was a known thing, right?

SidAndFinancy (#4,328)

I stop for reds, but to be honest I usually speed up a little at rosés.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

@SidAndFinancy
The wine that I'm driven to drink
Drives me somehow by color, I think,
For I yield right-of-way
To the new Beaujolais
But I step on the gas for the pink.

Smitros (#5,315)

Thomas Jefferson's advocacy of wine was in part based on providing an alternative to whiskey. Good cause, bad motivation.

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