Moonshine Hits The City

Forget those images of barefoot hillbillies and turtleback Plymouths tearing around the hills. Moonshine, once a staple of rural Southern culture, is making a comeback--as a big-city public-health hazard. In a study of 581 emergency-room patients at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital, published in the September issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine, 9% admitted quaffing the stuff in the past five years. At a dollar a shot, moonshine may be enjoying new popularity because of economic hard times. It's also gaining appeal as a novelty drink--flavored with apples, peaches or other fruit to make a brandy sometimes called tricky liquor. But moonshine...

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