CDC Data Reveals Drunkest States in America!


Thanks to living in the age of freakin’ huge data, we recently found out which cocktails are the most popular in each state, and now, thanks to even more data — this time published by the CDC and organized by 24/7 Wall St. — we know which states are the drunkest too.  

If you’re wondering what exactly determines “drunkest,” that is defined by the percentage of men and women over the age of 18 who report that they either binge drink or drink heavily. The CDC classifies binge drinking as four or more drinks on a single occasion for women, and five or more for men, and defines heavy drinking as at least eight drinks per week for women and 15 per week for men. 

In terms of general trends, 24/7 Wall St. notes that “the states with the highest rates of excessive drinking are concentrated in the Midwest,” and that “The states with with the lowest rates… are predominantly located in the South.”

Review the list and tell us if this feels right to you!

 

50. Tennessee

11.2% of adults drink excessively

Drunkest metro area: Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin

 

49. West Virginia 

11.4% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Morgantown

 

48. Utah 

12.4% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Salt Lake City

 

47. Alabama

12% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Auburn-Opelika

 

46. Mississippi 

13.3% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula

 

45. New Mexico 

13.8% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Santa Fe

 

44. Oklahoma 

13.9% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Lawton

 

43. North Carolina 

14.9% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Jacksonville

 

42. Arkansas 

15.3% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers

 

41. Idaho

15.4% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Coeur d’Alene

 

40. Maryland 

15.5% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: California-Lexington Park

 

39. Nevada 

15.8% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Reno

 

38. Arizona 

16.0% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Flagstaff

 

37. Kentucky 

16.3% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Louisville/Jefferson County

 

36. South Carolina 

16.6% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort

 

35. Delaware

16.6% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Dover

 

34. Indiana 

16.8% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Bloomington

 

33. Georgia 

16.8% of adults drinking excessively: 16.8%

Drunkest metro area: Athens-Clarke County

 

32. Kansas

16.9% of adults drinking excessively: 16.9%

Drunkest metro area: Lawrence

 

31. Texas 

17.3% of adults drinking excessively: 17.3%

Drunkest metro area: Austin-Round Rock

 

30. Virginia 

17.4% of adults drinking excessively: 17.4%

Drunkest metro area: Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford

 

29. Florida 

17.4% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin

 

28. Wyoming 

17.5% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Casper

 

27. New Jersey 

17.6% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Ocean City

 

26. Missouri 

17.7% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Columbia

 

25. South Dakota 

17.7% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Sioux Falls

 

24. Washington 

17.8% of adults drinking excessively: 17.8%

Drunkest metro area: Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue

 

23. Rhode Island 

17.9% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Providence-Warwick

 

22. California 

18.0% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Chico 

 

21. Pennsylvania 

18.1% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: State College

 

20. New York 

18.2% of adults drinking excessively: 18.2%

Drunkest metro area: Watertown-Fort Drum

 

19. New Hampshire

18.4% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Manchester-Nashua

 

18. Connecticut 

18.6% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk

 

17. Louisiana 

18.8% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Houma-Thibodaux

 

16. Oregon 

18.8% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro

 

15. Colorado 

19,1% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Fort Collins

 

14. Ohio 

19.2% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Columbus

 

13. Massachusetts 

19.5% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Barnstable Town

 

12. Vermont 

19.6% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Burlington-South Burlington

 

11. Maine 

19.6% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Portland-South Portland

 

10. Michigan 

20.0% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Lansing-East Lansing

 

9. Nebraska

20.4% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Lincoln

 

8. Hawaii 

20.% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina

 

7. Iowa 

21% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Iowa City

 

6. Minnesota 

21.1% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Mankato-North Mankato

 

5. Illinois 

21.2% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Bloomington

 

4. Montana 

21.8% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Missoula

 

3. Alaska

22.1% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Fairbanks

 

2. Wisconsin

24.5% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Green Bay

 

1. North Dakota 

24.7% of adults drinking excessively

Drunkest metro area: Fargo

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