Worst binge drinking states in the USBy Melita Kiely
New data has revealed the worst binge drinking states in the US, with Wisconsin ranked at number one.
Statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DCD) were analysed by Recovery Find to determine which states were most likely to drink excessively, defined as the largest number of drinks consumed by binge drinkers on any occasion in the past month.
Furthermore, data from the US Census Bureau was also looked at to find which states have the highest concentration of liquor stores, bars and breweries per capita (100,000).
The findings showed that North American states have the highest concentration of bars and liquor stores per capita, as well as a greater number of binge drinkers compared to Southern states.
Wisconsin was found to be the state with the greatest levels of binge drinking, followed by Nebraska, District of Columbia, North Dakota and Massachusetts.
North Dakota had the most liquor stores and bars per capita, with Montana close behind, followed by Wisconsin, South Dakota and Wyoming.
A total of eight out of 10 states with the coldest average winter temperatures also placed in the top 20 for binge drinking.
In conclusion, Recovery Find wrote: “Montana and Alaska ranked in the top 10 for all criteria and Montana ranked number one for most breweries per capita.
“Delaware, Washington DC, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin all ranked in the top 20 for all categories and are also all northern territories.
“It’s pretty clear that our friends up north are serious about their booze.”