These are the drunkest states in America, rankedBy Christian Smith
America is a huge country, and thus it’s only reasonable to note that drinking rates across the nation vary considerably. A new study has revealed the drunkest states in America, based on a number of factors including binge drinking rates and alcohol-related deaths.
While there are some surprise states high up the list, the lowest-ranked state, Utah, will not come as a shock to many. Utah has the reputation of being a “dry state”, largely due to its restrictive and somewhat complicated liquor laws, and comes out as the least-drunk state.
The study comes courtesy of 24/7 Wall Street.
Binge-drinking was defined as advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – “four or more drinks in a single occasion for women and five or more for men.” Heavy drinking is defined as at least eight drinks per week for women and 15 for men.
While Utah came out as the least-drunk state in America, with just 12.2% of its population drinking excessively, Wisconsin was ranked as the drunkest state, with a whopping 24.2% of its population drinking excessively – five percent higher than the national average.
Here is the ranking from drunkest to least drunk in full:
- North Dakota
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- New York
- New Jersey
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
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