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I've done a little acting. You'd be surprised how little you "drink". Ever notice how the level of liquid rarely moves much? It's more like drinking the wine at mass -- you just let the liquid touch your lips. At least for main characters. As for extras; yeah, they may sip much more on the beverage at hand. They'd be the ones to worry about with real beer!!

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Ben Jones was an alcoholic when he was in his teens and early 20's,and he turned his life around and stopped drinking a few years before Dukes,as a result he asked producers to only give Cooter coffee and sodas.

I'm guessing the scene that Hoss is referring to was planned to cut away before Ben drank the beer,even if it was apple juice or non alcoholic beer.

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Ben Jones was an alcoholic when he was in his teens and early 20's,and he turned his life around and stopped drinking a few years before Dukes,as a result he asked producers to only give Cooter coffee and sodas.

Ben actually went to audition for Dukes in September 1978, exactly a year after he nearly died from alcohol abuse. Even though the alcohol in Dukes wasn't real, I'm sure those early scenes can't have been easy for him.

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Back when Dukes was being filmed everybody thought that there was a law making it illegal to drink alchohol on television...I don't mean on the set....I mean airing it for the audience to see. I don't know if that was a real law back then but I do know that everybody used to believe it was.....or at least everybody in my neck of the woods.

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