Not really, but while pondering my own I thought up something interesting: how ’bout a study that shows the degree to which gas stations and grocery, convenience, and liquor stores are propped up by addicts in an economy like this? I’m interested to see what the findings would be. You have to figure that people for whom alcohol, cigarettes or etc. are part of the daily budget must be valuable customers when spending is down.
Not to glorify addiction or anything — just thinking out loud.