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Drunken Fun on the Farm

Let's hope the anti-firewater brigade doesn't get a hold of this one: A new study finds that "every 10 percent increase in the excise tax on beer reduces the gonorrhea rate by 4.7 percent among males aged fifteen to nineteen, and by 4.1 percent among those aged twenty to twenty-four. In addition, males aged fifteen to nineteen in states with zero-tolerance drunk-driving laws had gonorrhea rates seven to eight percent lower than those of males in other states." The Atlantic, April 2005, p. 46 (no link available). We've never known anyone to get so drunk that he was attracted to goats, but then again, we've never gotten drunk in Arkansas.