Substance Abuse

Boston Tops List of the “Drunkest” Cities in the U.S.

Boston ranked No. 1 in the list of America’s Drunkest Cities compiled by The Daily Beast on January 4.

The news reporting and opinion website first analyzed data from Experian Simmons, a leading market-research firm, which provided data on the average number of alcoholic drinks per month the residents of more than 200 cities across the country reported to have consumed in a survey from earlier this year.

“As well, we considered the percent of the population that are either binge drinkers or heavy drinkers for each metro area, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control,” The Daily Beast explained. The average number of drinks was given twice the weight of the heavy- and binge-drinking population for the final rank.

The list indicates that adults in Boston consumed on average 15.5 drinks per person per month. The city’s population over age 21 is 4,750,296 — 7.4 percent of which are heavy drinkers and 20.1 percent are binge drinkers.

The top 20 alcohol-abusing areas in America are:

1. Boston, Massachusetts
2. Springfield, Massachusetts
3. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4. Reno, Nevada
5. San Antonio, Texas
6. Chicago, Illinois
7. Austin, Texas
8. St. Louis, Missouri
9. San Diego, California
10. Tucson, Arizona
11. Burlington, Vermont
12. Charleston, South Carolina
13. Denevr, Colorado
14. Las Vegas, Nevada
15. Fort Myers, Florida
16. Buffalo, New York
17. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
18. Lincoln, Nebraska
19. Seattle, Washington
20. Bismarck, North Dakota

Tags: adult alcohol consumption, adult alcoholism, alcohol abuse, alcohol abusing U.S. cities

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