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

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. 

20. New Hampshire

20. New Hampshire
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 17.8 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 49.8

Binge-drinking intensity: 6.4

19. South Dakota

19. South Dakota
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 17.9 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 47

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.6

18. Louisiana

18. Louisiana
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 18 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 58.4

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.6

17. Colorado

17. Colorado
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 18.1 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 48.6

Binge-drinking intensity: 6.6

16. Connecticut

16. Connecticut
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 18.3 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 55.2

Binge-drinking intensity: 7

15. Pennsylvania

15. Pennsylvania
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 18.5 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 48.9

Binge-drinking intensity: 7

14. Massachusetts

14. Massachusetts
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 18.7 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 52.7

Binge-drinking intensity: 6.5

13. Vermont

13. Vermont
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 19 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 55.2

Binge-drinking intensity: 6.8

12. Ohio

12. Ohio
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 19.5 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 51.4

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.7

11. Michigan

11. Michigan
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 19.8 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 60.3

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.3

10. Hawaii

10. Hawaii
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 19.8 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 65.1

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.6

9. Alaska

9. Alaska
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 20 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 56.4

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.8

8. Maine

8. Maine
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 20.2 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 57.5

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.4

7. Nebraska

7. Nebraska
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 20.4 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 50.3

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.2

6. Minnesota

6. Minnesota
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 20.5 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 47.8

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.2

5. Illinois

5. Illinois
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 20.8 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 50.6

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.1

4. Iowa

4. Iowa
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 21.3 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 55.1

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.6

3. Montana

3. Montana
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 21.3 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 55.4

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.2

2. Wisconsin (tied with D.C.)

2. Wisconsin (tied with D.C.)
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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.)

1. North Dakota

1. North Dakota
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Binge-drinking prevalence: 24.9 percent

Frequency of binge-drinking episodes among binge drinkers: 50.5

Binge-drinking intensity: 7.