KC Biz Journal picks up an IMPORTANT Beer Institute study that somehow correlates to the ongoing economic Border War . . . Typically, amid this competition we're falling behind the rest of the nation when it comes to booze consumption: Missourians of legal drinking age downed an average of 31.1 gallons of beer each in 2011, ranking 19th in the nation. Kansans drank 28.2 gallons a person, ranking 31st.