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Ecuador has temporarily banned the production and consumption of all alcoholic drinks after 12 people died drinking contaminated bootleg liquor. Now, let’s think this through. The measure will be a strong deterrent to consuming legal alcohol, where there is no evidence of contamination. But given that consuming bootleg liquor is already illegal, it will make no difference to that. Indeed, in effect it will encourage the consumption of illegal as opposed to legal alcohol. Now, they really thought that one through, didn’t they?

(H/t to Mark Wadsworth)