Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wisconsin Drinking Problem Revealed

Wisconsin holds a special place in my heart.  Complex labor relations, contradictory progressive and then deeply oppressive competing political histories give the region a unique feel, far outside the grasp of commodity tourism. 

Somehow, though, it doesn't surprise me that locals drink more than other Americans. Blame it on a history of German breweries producing cheap beer for the working classes. Blame it on the treacherously cold winters. Blame it on social norms that encourage youth alcohol consumption. Yes, the denizen of Wisconsin have a different attitude toward social drinking. How else can one watch the Green Bay Packers while eating Polish kielbasa and cheese bread?

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