If it were not for the word "beer", this story might not have been reported, at least not in the West:
GAUHATI, India — Wild elephant herds have been terrorizing India's remote northeast, killing people, flattening houses and even guzzling local rice-beer supplies, prompting villagers to retaliate against the pachyderms with firecrackers and bonfires... Rice beer is an attraction. Workers in tea plantations in Assam make rice beer at home and store it in drums. On Oct. 26, wild elephants drank rice beer kept in drums in Marongi, a village about 175 miles east of Assam's main city of Gauhati, and then went on a rampage, trampling three people to death and wounding two others, India media reported.A search for more information finds quite a number of other media outlets repeating the same story, using the same phrase "beer-swilling elephants terrorize Indian villages" as the headline. "Beer-swilling, puck-chasing hoser", however, is another use of "beer-swilling" which apparently relates to Canadians rather than elephants.