For years educated West Virginians and outsiders criticized rural residents for serving children Mountain Dew. Now, a month into a water crisis caused by a chemical spill, all residents have become Mountain Dew drinkers.
"I was very hesitant, but once I started, I got hooked," says Sherri Johnston. "And it has the benefit of excessive caffeine allowing me to get so much more work done each day."
Christian communities have followed a more biblical path and chosen to drink only wine. This has caused a dichotomy in the community. Mountain Dew drinks, amped up on caffeine, are getting lots of things accomplished. Wine drinkers are napping a lot and wobbling around.
Outsiders visiting West Virginia really haven't noticed a difference.