Alcohol consumption increased due to shutdown (10.22.13)

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Washington, D.C., residents suffering the standstill of a shuttered government survived the 16-day ordeal with a healthy dose of alcohol and comfort food, a social media analysis found.

Foursquare released data on Thursday about location check-ins using their mobile app, focusing on the Washington, D.C., metro area. Its analysis of patterns among social check-ins on the Foursquare app found that during the shutdown, Washington residents were enjoying the first week of the shutdown by drinking more heavily and visiting expensive restaurants–at least during the first week.

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