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NASHVILLE, TENN.--The government estimates illegal whiskey costs the state of Tennessee $46,000 a day in tax losses alone. Nationally, the tax loss on illegal booze is estimated at $91,600,000 a year.

"We've taxed ourselves so high," said one expert, "that it encourages moon-shining."

So it's more than coincidence that where 90% of moonshining is found, alcohol taxes are also highest--in the Southeast.