LIQUOR: Drought

Facts on liquor released last week confirmed a melancholy suspicion held by most drinkers: the supply is really drying up.

> Withdrawals of tax-paid distilled spirits from warehouses in July were 44% under the same month of last year.

> Whiskey stocks are estimated at about a two-year supply but gin is down to a mere 207,000 gal.

> Bootlegging is back. North Carolina liquor-law violations during the past three months were above the entire preceding year. Arkansas "revenooers" are warring on farmers who bought sugar for canning, have turned to making moonshine since drought-burned crops failed.


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