These 20 States Consume the Most Alcohol in America from These 20 States Consume the Most Alcohol in America

These 20 States Consume the Most Alcohol in America

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These 20 States Consume the Most Alcohol in America

Adults in the U.S. consumed more than 17 billion binge drinks in 2015, the latest year for which data are available. This is about 470 binge drinks per binge drinker, according to a first-of-its-kind study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Researchers found that 1 in 6, or 37 million, adults binge drink – defined as consuming five or more drinks for men, or four or more drinks for women, in about two hours – about once a week, consuming an average of seven drinks per binge.

On the following list, "Binge-drinking intensity" refers to the average largest number of drinks consumed by binge drinkers on any occasion during the past 30 days. 

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20. New Hampshire

Binge-drinking prevalence: 17.8 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 49.8

Binge-drinking intensity: 6.4

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19. South Dakota

Binge-drinking prevalence: 17.9 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 47

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.6

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18. Louisiana

Binge-drinking prevalence: 18 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 58.4

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.6

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17. Colorado

Binge-drinking prevalence: 18.1 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 48.6

Binge-drinking intensity: 6.6

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16. Connecticut

Binge-drinking prevalence: 18.3 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 55.2

Binge-drinking intensity: 7

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15. Pennsylvania

Binge-drinking prevalence: 18.5 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 48.9

Binge-drinking intensity: 7

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14. Massachusetts

Binge-drinking prevalence: 18.7 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 52.7

Binge-drinking intensity: 6.5

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13. Vermont

Binge-drinking prevalence: 19 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 55.2

Binge-drinking intensity: 6.8

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12. Ohio

Binge-drinking prevalence: 19.5 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 51.4

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.7

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11. Michigan

Binge-drinking prevalence: 19.8 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 60.3

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.3

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10. Hawaii

Binge-drinking prevalence: 19.8 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 65.1

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.6

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9. Alaska

Binge-drinking prevalence: 20 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 56.4

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.8

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8. Maine

Binge-drinking prevalence: 20.2 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 57.5

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.4

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7. Nebraska

Binge-drinking prevalence: 20.4 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 50.3

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.2

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6. Minnesota

Binge-drinking prevalence: 20.5 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 47.8

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.2

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5. Illinois

Binge-drinking prevalence: 20.8 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 50.6

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.1

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4. Iowa

Binge-drinking prevalence: 21.3 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 55.1

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.6

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3. Montana

Binge-drinking prevalence: 21.3 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 55.4

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.2

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2. Wisconsin (tied with D.C.)

Binge-drinking prevalence: 24.4 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 51.3 (46.1 for D.C.)

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.2 (6.2 for D.C.)

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1. North Dakota

Binge-drinking prevalence: 24.9 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 50.5

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.