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Powertown, it is enough to drive you to drink

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Once again, Washington, DC has been rated one of America's drunkest cities.

While on average DC drinks a modest 16.6 alcoholic drinks a month, 20.1% of our population are classified as binge drinkers.

I have written about this before:

The political elite/lobbyist/celebrity press corps axis of hubris know that they are living a lie. They know they are perpetuating a terrible hoax on the country. And they know, at some level, that their lives are a vicious lie. This takes a toll.

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Submitted by lambert on

Health Day

THURSDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Alcoholic men tend to lack empathy and have a distorted view of irony, which suggests that they may have difficulty understanding complex forms of communication, according to a small new study.

Empathy is the ability to understand another person's feelings, and irony is a communication technique that uses words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of the literal meaning, for example, saying "What a beautiful view" when looking out the window at a brick wall.

The study included 22 male alcoholics and a "control" group of 22 men who weren't alcoholics. The men read stories with either an ironic or non-ironic ending and then completed a questionnaire about the story characters' emotional states and what they intended to communicate.

Don't have time to tear the study apart -- Readers? -- but it's an interesting idea.