MANUFACTURING: Alcohol for War

OPM last week ordered U.S. distillers to stop making neutral spirits for beverages on Jan. 15, start running off industrial alcohol. In a shooting war, when every 16-in. gun blast burns up 60 gal. of alcohol in its powder, the U.S. needs alcohol more than liquor.

But drinkers need not worry yet. U.S. distillers have over 500,000,000 gal. of whiskey in warehouses, four years' supply. Furthermore, though forbidden to make neutral spirits for gin and "blends," distillers can still make 100,000,000 gal. of straight whiskey in 1942, about three-quarters of total 1941 output.

U.S. liquor companies have already helped the regular...

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