• NY largely escapes ’40 Drunkest Cities’ list

30 Dec

It may not be a surprise that Milwaukee, a city with a generations-long brewing history, ranks No. 1 on a list of the 40 heaviest drinking cities in the U.S. But, Fargo, ND, ranking second?

That’s the view of the editors and writers at The Daily Beast, who have just released what they unglamorously call the “40 Drunkest Cities.”

Buffalo is the only New York State community that made the list. New England, despite its stodgy, conservative reputation, placed a half-dozen cities on the list.

“To compile our first annual list of the drunkest cities in America, we looked at three things,” the magazine says, “average alcohol consumption over a month, the highest levels of binge drinking, and the places where large portions of the population suffer the dire health consequences from over-imbibing.

“For the average drinks per month, we turned to Experian Simmons, which provided the average number of alcoholic drinks consumed per person in a typical month in more than 200 metropolitan areas. We also used 2009 statistics on the percentage of the adult population for each metro area that are heavy and binge drinkers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Lastly, we calculated the deaths from alcoholic liver disease for each city from the most recent statistics published by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.”

Here’s the full 40. You can get all the statistics that put the cities on the list by going here for The Daily Beast slideshow.

1. Milwaukee, WI
2. Fargo, ND
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Austin, TX
5. Reno, NV
6. Burlington, VT
7. Omaha, NE
8. Boston, MA
9. Anchorage, AK
10. San Diego, CA
11. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
12. Denver, CO
13. Providence, RI
14. Sioux City, IA
15. Toledo, OH
16. Hartford, CT
17. Tampa, FL
18. Portland, ME
19. San Antonio, TX
20. Philadelphia, PA
21. Spokane, WA
22. Cleveland, OH
23. Sacramento, CA
24. St. Louis, MO
25. New Orleans, LA
26. Tucson, AZ
27. Buffalo, NY
28. Tallahassee, FL
29. Chicago, IL
30. Seattle-Tacoma, WA
31. Springfield-Holyoke, MA
32. Portland, OR
33. Davenport, IA
34. Phoenix, AZ
35. Cincinnati, OH
36. Las Vegas, NV
37. Baltimore, MD
38. Cedar Rapids, IA
39. Casper, WY
40. Jacksonville, FL

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Posted by on December 30, 2010 in Research


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