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Our Wisconsin: The Drinking Culture

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(WKOW) --- In this installment of the award-winning documentary series, "Our Wisconsin", we examine an aspect of our state that has brought both fame and infamy; the drinking culture. In a place with more bars than grocery stores, we look back at the state's European brewing heritage, how beer brewing became one of Wisconsin's signature industries and the sense of community that was often centered in taverns.

But, Wisconsin's drinking culture took an extreme turn, and we see where that has led the state in dealing with problems like underage drinking, binge drinking and drunk driving. And, in the face of what a former police chief describes as a 'heavy duty drinking culture', we see how some people are trying to create a more moderate, less extreme alcohol environment in the state.

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