20 drunkest cities in America (2023)

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In May 2016, 24/7 Wall Street came out with a ranking of America's drunkest cities. The list is based on self-reported drinking rates among adults in 381 metropolitan areas across the country. That data was then aggregated with county level data from a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program, called County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. These are the results...

20. Corvallis, Ore.

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Corvallis, Oregon comes in at number 20, with 23 percent of adults reporting that they either binge drink or drink heavily on a regular basis. Thirty-two percent of driving fatalities in the area involve alcohol. That figure, however, is only slightly above the national average of 31 percent. Two hundred twenty-nine deaths out of every 100,000 occur prematurely.

19. Iowa City, Iowa

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Iowa City, Iowa comes in at number 19, with 23.2 percent of adults in the metro area reporting that they drink to excess. Of the driving deaths in the area, 24.6 percent of them involve alcohol. And approximately 249 people out of every 100,000 die prematurely before the age 75, which could also be an indicator of excessive alcohol consumption.

18. Lincoln, Neb.

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Lincoln, Nebraska comes in at number 18, with 23.3 percent of adults in the metro area reporting that they drink to excess. 26.7 percent of driving deaths in the area involve alcohol. And 270 people out of every 100,000 die prematurely before the age of 75.

17. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisc.

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For many, Milwaukee is synonymous with beer. So, perhaps it's no surprise that the Milwaukee area ranks as the 17th drunkest in America. 23.3 percent of adults in Milwaukee, Waukesha and West Allis report that they drink to excess. 37.2 percent of driving deaths involve alcohol. And 347 deaths out of every 100,000 occur prematurely, perhaps as a result of alcohol-inflicted inferior health.

16. Janesville-Beloit, Wisc.

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Lest Milwaukee feel lonely, it is joined on the list by its Badger State cousins, Janesville and Beloit. The Janesville-Beloit area comes in at number sixteen, with 23.4 percent of adults there reporting that they drink heavily or binge drink on a regular basis. A whopping 40 percent of driving deaths in the area are alcohol related. And 346 deaths out of every 100,000 occur prematurely.

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15. Racine, Wisc.

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Yet another Wisconsin city -- Racine -- ranks as the 15th drunkest metro area in the country, with 23.5 percent of adults reporting that they drink to excess. Interestingly, and perhaps relatedly, 31.8 percent of the population there is obese. Both of those rates are somewhat higher than the national averages of 18 and 27 percent, respectively.

What's more, 35.5 percent of all driving deaths in the area involve alcohol, and 319 deaths out of every 100,000 occur prematurely before the age of 75.

14. Grand Forks, North Dakota

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In Grand Forks, North Dakota, 23.7 percent of adults report that they drink to excess. 32.7 percent of driving deaths are alcohol related. And 332 deaths out of every 100,000 in the area are premature.

13. Missoula, Mont.

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In Missoula, Montana, 23.8 percent of adults report that they regularly drink heavily or binge drink. Consequently, a staggering 48.6 percent of driving deaths in the area are alcohol-related. And 285 deaths out of every 100,000 occur prematurely, perhaps as the result of alcohol-inflicted decreased health.

12. Sheboygan, Wisc.

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin comes in at number 12, with 24 percent of adults reporting that they drink in excess on a regular basis. 29.3 percent of driving deaths in the area are alcohol related, and 294 deaths out of 100,000 occur prematurely.

11. Wausau, Wisc.

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Wausau, Wisconsin comes in at number 11, with 24.1 percent of adults there reporting that they drink in excess on a regular basis. 27 percent of driving deaths in the area are alcohol related, and 270 deaths out of 100,000 occur prematurely.

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10. Mankato-North Mankato, Minn.

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Mankato and North Mankato, Minnesota come in at number 10, with 24.2 percent of adults there reporting that they drink in excess. 20.8 percent of driving deaths in the area are alcohol related, and 250 deaths out of every 100,000 occur prematurely.

9. Eau Claire, Wisc.

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Coming in at number nine, 24.3 percent of adults in Eau Claire, Wisconsin report drinking in excess on a regular basis. As a result, a staggering 43.3 percent of driving deaths in the area are alcohol related. 278 deaths out of every 100,000 occur prematurely before the age of 75.

8. Ames, Iowa

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Ames, Iowa -- home to Iowa State University -- comes in at number eight, with 24.4 percent of adults there reporting that they drink heavily or binge drink regularly. 11.8 percent of driving deaths in the area are alcohol related. 214 deaths out of every 100,000 occur prematurely.

7. Fond du Lac, Wisc.

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From this point in the list onward, prepare yourself for a lot of Wisconsin! Fond du Lac, for example, comes in at number seven, with 24.6 percent of adults reporting that they drink in excess. 25.9 percent of driving deaths in the area involve alcohol, and a whopping 285 deaths out of every 100,000 occur prematurely.

6. La Crosse – Onalaska, Wisc.

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The metropolitan area that contains La Crosse and Onalaska, Wisconsin boasts more bars per capita than any other city in America. So, perhaps it's no surprise that this Wisconsin community ranks as the sixth drunkest in the country.

25.1 percent of adults there report that they drink heavily or binge drink regularly. A staggering 26.9 percent of driving deaths are alcohol related. And 273 deaths out of every 100,000 occur prematurely before the age of 75.

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5. Fargo, North Dakota

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The only city in the top five that is not in Wisconsin, Fargo, North Dakota boasts 63 drinking establishments. So, not surprisingly, 25.2 percent of adults there report drinking heavily or binge drinking on a regular basis. 29.5 percent of driving deaths in the area are alcohol related, and 280 deaths out of every 100,000 occur prematurely.

4. Madison, Wisc.

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Madison, Wisconsin -- home of the University of Wisconsin's main campus and all of its sports teams -- comes in at number four. 25.5 percent of adults there report drinking in excess. 38.7 percent of driving deaths in the area are alcohol related. And a staggering 290 deaths out of 100,000 occur prematurely before the age of 75.

3. Green Bay, Wisc.

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Keeping on the theme of Wisconsin football, Green Bay -- home of the Packers-- comes in at number three. 25.6 percent of adults there report drinking in excess. A whopping 47.5 percent of driving deaths in the area are alcohol related. And, like Madison, 290 deaths out of 100,000 occur prematurely before the age of 75.

2. Oshkosh-Neenah, Wisc.

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The metropolitan area containing Oshkosh and Neenah, Wisconsin clocks in at number two, with 26 percent of adults reporting that they drinking in excess, a staggering 44.6 percent of driving deaths involving alcohol, and 299 deaths out of 100,000 occurring prematurely before the age of 75.

1. Appleton, Wisc.

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And the top spot on 2016's list goes to Appleton, Wisconsin, the metropolitan area with the ninth highest concentration of bars in America. 26.8 percent of adults there report drinking in excess. 30.3 percent of the area's driving deaths involve alcohol in some capacity. And 257 deaths out of 100,000 occur prematurely before the age of 75, a figure which may also be indicative of the area's high binge- drinking rates.

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FAQs

What is America's drunkest city? ›

The drunkest city in the United States is Green Bay, Wisconsin. Approximately 26.5% of adults drink to excess. 50.5% of driving deaths in Green Bay involve alcohol. Wisconsin has a total of ten cities in the 20 drunkest cities list, four of them making the top five.

What cities drink the most in the US? ›

The heaviest drinking metro area in the heaviest drinking state, Green Bay, Wis., has the highest excessive drinking rate of any U.S. metro area. Some 26.5% of adults in Green Bay drink excessively, making it the only metro area in Wisconsin with a higher excessive drinking rate than the statewide average of 26.2%.

How many of the drunkest cities in America are in Wisconsin? ›

It turns out Wisconsin is home to a staggering 7 of the top 10 drunkest cities in the country, and 12 of the top 20.

What is America's drunkest state? ›

This state's largest city is called “Brew City” for a reason. A new nationwide data analysis has found that Wisconsin is the drunkest state in America.

Which state drinks the most? ›

Per capita alcohol consumption of all beverages in the U.S. by state 2020. New Hampshire is currently the state with the highest per capita alcohol consumption in the United States.

What's the drunkest country? ›

Australians have been named the heaviest drinkers in the world in a survey after spending more time drunk in 2020 than any other nation.

Which state drinks the most wine? ›

At over 156 million gallons, Californians drank far more wine than any other state in 2020. Florida, which ranked second, consumed half that amount.

What is the drinking capital of the world? ›

Belarus had the world's highest level of alcohol consumption, with 17.5 liters of alcohol consumed per capita. The country's high level of consumption has had serious health consequences on its residents.

What state drinks the most alcohol 2021? ›

In first place, Wisconsin (24.2 percent) is over five percent drunker than the national average (19 percent). Viewed more regionally, the Midwest takes the cake for top five drunkest states.

What state sells the most alcohol? ›

America loves to drink. According to an April 2020 report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Americans' alcohol consumption reached 7.8 billion gallons in 2018.
...
Gallons Overall.
RankStateGallons Overall*
1California81.2M
2Texas51.8M
3Florida47M
4New York36.3M
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1 Jul 2020

What is the drunkest town in Florida? ›

Tallahassee is drunkest city in Florida, according to 24/7 Wall Street Ranking
  • Adults binge or heavy drinking: 20.9%
  • Florida adults binge or heavy drinking: 17.5% (19th lowest)
  • Alcohol related driving deaths: 32.7%
  • Florida alcohol-related driving deaths: 24.7% (8th lowest)
  • Median household income: $50,825.
20 Sept 2019

Which states have the most bars? ›

The Number of Bars By State
State# of Bars
New York3,389
North Carolina765
North Dakota379
Ohio1,784
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2 Jun 2022

What state drinks the most 2022? ›

New Hampshire had the highest consumption of alcohol, with alcohol consumption per capita of 4.76 gallons. This is more than double the goal set for the United States. Utah has the lowest consumption of alcohol, with alcohol consumption per capita of 1.34 gallons.

What state drinks most beer? ›

1. North Dakota. And finally, we arrive at North Dakota — most likely with a beer in our hand. North Dakota's residents were the beer-drinking champs in 2021, consuming 45.8 gallons per capita.

What state drinks the least alcohol? ›

Some of the states that have the least per capita consumption of alcohol include Idaho, Utah, West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
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States That Drink the Least.
RankStateAlcohol Cnosumption (Per Capita, Gallons)
1Idaho0.92
2Utah1.34
3West Virginia1.76
4Arkansas1.8
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11 Sept 2018

Which race drinks the most alcohol? ›

Caucasians have a higher rate of current alcohol use (at the time of the 2013 NSDUH) than any other race demographic, with 57.7% of individuals aged 12 and older reporting past-month alcohol consumption.

What race drinks the most beer? ›

The Czech Republic comes in first when it comes to beer consumption per capita. In 2020, the average Czech drank more than 181 liters of beer.

Who is the best drinker in the world? ›

#1. Andre the Giant
  • Andre the Giant consumed, on average, 7,000 calories of alcohol a day.
  • He would routinely drink a 12 pack of beer before a wrestling match.
  • On road trips to wrestling matches, Andre would average a case of beer every 90 minutes. ...
  • Andre rarely drank enough to pass out.
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Why do Americans drink so much? ›

Why Are Americans Drinking More? New study reveals that alcohol consumption is rising among Americans of all ages. Stress, movies, availability, and even terrorism are among the reasons.

Do Americans drink a lot? ›

Key findings. In 2018, two-thirds (66.3%) of adults aged 18 and over consumed alcohol in the past year. Among adults aged 18 and over, 5.1% engaged in heavy drinking (consumption of an average of more than 14 alcoholic drinks per week for men or more than 7 drinks per week for women in the past year).

Who drinks more America or Russia? ›

Belarus drinks the most alcohol in the world, with an average consumption of 17.5 liters. Russia comes in second with an average consumption of 15.1 liters. The United States consumes a a relatively reasonable average of 9.2 liters, which is also less than the UK (11.. 6 liters) and Ireland (11.9 liters).

What is the drinking capital of the world? ›

Belarus had the world's highest level of alcohol consumption, with 17.5 liters of alcohol consumed per capita. The country's high level of consumption has had serious health consequences on its residents.

What state drinks the most alcohol 2021? ›

In first place, Wisconsin (24.2 percent) is over five percent drunker than the national average (19 percent). Viewed more regionally, the Midwest takes the cake for top five drunkest states.

What U.S. city has the most bars per capita? ›

1. San Francisco, California (16.5)

Is Chicago a drinking city? ›

Chicago. The Windy City is home to a population of people who consume an average of 15.5 drinks each month. Just over 17 percent of the population are binge drinkers.

Which race drinks the most alcohol? ›

Caucasians have a higher rate of current alcohol use (at the time of the 2013 NSDUH) than any other race demographic, with 57.7% of individuals aged 12 and older reporting past-month alcohol consumption.

Who is the biggest alcoholics of all time? ›

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  • Ernest Hemingway. ...
  • George Best. ...
  • Hunter S. ...
  • Frank Sinatra (And The Rat Pack)
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What is the drinking age in Russia? ›

Drinking age in Russia is. 18.

What state drinks the least alcohol? ›

Utah has the lowest consumption of alcohol, with alcohol consumption per capita of 1.34 gallons.
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The ten states with the highest alcohol consumption per capita (in gallons) are:
  • Vermont - 3.06 gallons.
  • Idaho - 2.94 gallons.
  • Wisconsin - 2.93 gallons.
  • Colorado - 2.88 gallons.
  • South Dakota - 2.87 gallons.

What state buys the most beer? ›

North Dakota

North Dakota's residents were the beer-drinking champs in 2021, consuming 45.8 gallons per capita.

Which state sells the most liquor? ›

In fact, we drink about 570 million gallons of liquor each year — and that's not to mention 914 million gallons of wine, and over 6 billion gallons of beer.
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Gallons Overall.
RankStateGallons Overall
1California69.1M
2Florida45.8M
3Texas39.5M
4New York32.5M
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23 Jun 2020

What city in the US has the most restaurants? ›

New York, New York

New York City has the most restaurants, coffee shops, and gourmet specialty-food stores per capita among all US cities.

Which state in the US has the most restaurants? ›

Number of restaurants and other eating places in the U.S. by state 2017. This statistic shows the number of restaurants and eating establishments in the United States in 2017, by state. In the same year, there were 68,086 restaurants and eating places in California.

Which US cities have the most restaurants? ›

San Francisco, CA

It's no wonder it's our No. 1 city for local restaurants, with a whopping 35.73 non-chain restaurants per 10,000 residents.

Can police take your alcohol? ›

PSPOs give police officers special powers to order a person to stop drinking alcohol in public and confiscate it from them. Even outside of these areas, the police can take away alcohol or move on under 18s if they have been drinking. The police can also fine or arrest under 18s drinking in public places2.

Can you walk and drink in Illinois? ›

Drinking publicly is a crime in the city of Chicago and most places in Illinois. If you are walking on the street drinking from a can of beer or open bottle of wine, the police have the right to arrest you under the law.

Is it a crime to drink in public? ›

Drinking in public is illegal in most jurisdictions in the United States and this ban usually extends to include drinking within a moving car (related to drunk driving laws). In some places and circumstances, public alcohol consumption is accepted.

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