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The beer industry is still very profitable

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The beer industry is still very profitable

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The beer industry is still very profitable and the projections are that it will remain so. In the United States this year, the total amount of beer sold by breweries has increased, even though the number of adults who drink beer has decreased.

Each of the following, if true, could explain the simultaneous increase in beer sales and decrease in the number of adults who drink beer EXCEPT:

a. During this year, the number of women who have begun to drink beer is greater than the number of men who have quit drinking beer.
b. The number of underage people who have begun to drink beer is greater than the number of adults who have quit drinking beer during the same period.
c. During this year, the number of nondrinkers who have begun to drink beer is greater than the number of people who have quit drinking beer.
d. The people who have continued to drink beer consume more beer per person than they have in the past.
e. More of the beer made in the United States this year was exported to other countries than was the case last year.

Can some experts identify the best option?

OA A

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The beer industry is still very profitable and the projections are that it will remain so. In the United States this year, the total amount of beer sold by breweries has increased, even though the number of adults who drink beer has decreased.

Each of the following, if true, could explain the simultaneous increase in beer sales and decrease in the number of adults who drink beer EXCEPT:

a. During this year, the number of women who have begun to drink beer is greater than the number of men who have quit drinking beer.
b. The number of underage people who have begun to drink beer is greater than the number of adults who have quit drinking beer during the same period.
c. During this year, the number of nondrinkers who have begun to drink beer is greater than the number of people who have quit drinking beer.
d. The people who have continued to drink beer consume more beer per person than they have in the past.
e. More of the beer made in the United States this year was exported to other countries than was the case last year.

Can some experts identify the best option?

OA A
We're looking for the answer choice that doesn't resolve the following: beer sales are up the number of beer-drinking adults is down.

A is useless. Why would it matter that the number of new women beer-drinkers is greater than the number of men who have stopped drinking beer? It seems as though this answer choice is attempting to fool an unsophisticated reader into thinking that the net effect here will be that the total number of beer-drinking adults has gone up. Clearly, that doesn't have to be the case. First, we don't know how many women have stopped drinking beer or how many new male beer-drinkers there are. More importantly, we're told that the total number of beer-drinking adults is down. How this smaller beer-drinking population breaks down along gender lines is irrelevant.

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