The CDC (The Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has released their updated list of the drunkest states in America. 18% of adults in the U.S. drink an excessive amount of alcohol. Depending on the state, adults who drink regularly can vary anywhere between 1 in 4 and 1 in 10. The results of this study will definitely surprise you...
The report features statistics for all 50 states, but we’re just going to focus on the ones at the top and the bottom. The states with the highest percentages are typically located in and around the Midwest, while the lower ranked locations are in the South. Interestingly enough, both the top and bottom three include an outlier that doesn't necessarily follow the geographical trends. Before we reveal the “winners” and the “losers,” let’s look at some general statistics.
Enjoying alcohol with dinner, on the weekend or during a night out is one of America’s favorite pastimes. But sometimes people take it too far. Binge drinking has been defined as a pattern of drinking that brings the blood alcohol level to .08 percent on five or more days per month. Excessive drinking claims 90,000 lives every year, many of which happen 30 years prematurely.
Prior to looking at the top three, it’s nice to have a comparison. At the very bottom of the list is Tennessee, with 11.2% of adults drinking excessively, West Virginia with 11.4% and Utah with 12.4%. On the other end, the state with the bronze medal in drinking is Alaska at 22.1%, with it’s most active consumption area being Fairbanks. Keep in mind their percentage is pretty much double the states' mentioned before. That's a pretty bug jump. Second place is Wisconsin, with 24.5%. And finally, the drunkest state in America is… North Dakota with 24.7%.