• Jennifer McCrackin

This Is the Drunkest State in America


WHETHER IT'S BEER, WINE OR WHISKEY, THIS LIST WILL SHOW WHICH STATES CONSUME MORE ALCOHOL THAN OTHERS.


No matter where you go in the U.S., you're always close to a stiff drink—from the whiskey distilleries of Tennessee and the sprawling vineyards of California to the trendy micro-breweries of New England. But how can you measure which state is truly the most enamored with the hard stuff?

We started by analyzing the most recent data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which calculates the number of gallons of ethanol consumed per state per 100,000 residents over the age of 14. ("Ethanol" here refers to beer, wine, and spirits—not the alcohol that goes in hand sanitizer.) But that just gives us a flat number of how much people drink. What about the social aspect of drinking? We used the most recent U.S. Census data to figure out the number of bars per capita for every state and factored that in, along with industry data from the Brewers Association on the number of craft breweries in each state. Is the Drunkest State in America. Beer can be made anywhere, whereas large parts of the U.S. don't have the climate for winemaking. Finally, we considered the negative effects of drinking too much, using American Addiction Centers' analysis of DUI arrests per capita for each state. Our custom algorithm compiled these metrics to create the Drunk Score, determining the booziest state in the U.S. That's not to say everyone living in the higher-ranking states are alcoholics or even like to party hard, of course. The results had some surprises: The state with the highest alcohol consumption per capita also has the fewest bars, for example. Ultimately, the state at the top of our list came in first for bars per capita, second for DUI arrests, and fourth for gallons consumed. Read on to find out the results, ranked from the most sober state to the drunkest state. 50 Utah Alcohol consumption per capita: 1.33 gallons Number of bars per capita: 4.66 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 253.05 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.35 Drunk Score: 0.08 And for other places that aren't the prettiest, check out This Is the Ugliest State in the U.S.

49 Arkansas Alcohol consumption per capita: 1.78 gallons Number of bars per capita: 4.09 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 198.95 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.4 Drunk Score: 5.84

48 Georgia

Alcohol consumption per capita: 1.9 gallons Number of bars per capita: 3.96 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 198.95 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.06 Drunk Score: 6.32 And for more states that could clean up their act, check out This Is the Dirtiest State in the U.S.

47 Alabama Alcohol consumption per capita: 1.99 gallons Number of bars per capita: 5.16 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 147.19 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.04 Drunk Score: 8.2

46 Kansas Alcohol consumption per capita: 1.92 gallons Number of bars per capita: 10.34 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 186.96 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.03 Drunk Score: 13.5945

45 Oklahoma Alcohol consumption per capita: 1.85 gallons Number of bars per capita: 10.3 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 243.61 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.4 Drunk Score: 14.02

44 Mississippi Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.17 gallons Number of bars per capita: 3.15 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 256.36 Number of craft breweries per capita: 3.41 Drunk Score: 14.4

43 Virginia Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.13 gallons Number of bars per capita: 2.14 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 227.3 Number of craft breweries per capita: 3.41 Drunk Score: 14.54

42 Maryland Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.08 gallons Number of bars per capita: 7.36 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 227.3 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.4 Drunk Score: 16.51 41 West Virginia Alcohol consumption per capita: 1.74 gallons Number of bars per capita: 17.62 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 237.32 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.55 Drunk Score: 17.42

40 New Mexico Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.26 gallons Number of bars per capita: 5.26 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 156.88 Number of craft breweries per capita: 4.49 Drunk Score: 17.56

39 Kentucky Alcohol consumption per capita: 1.95 gallons Number of bars per capita: 6.84 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 339.44 Number of craft breweries per capita: 4.49 Drunk Score: 17.65 38 Tennessee

Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.14 gallons Number of bars per capita: 5.14 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 287.89 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.59 Drunk Score: 17.88

37 Ohio Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.03 gallons Number of bars per capita: 15.69 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 128.74 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.66 Drunk Score: 18.04

36 South Carolina Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.16 gallons Number of bars per capita: 7 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 303.81 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.73 Drunk Score: 20.56

35 Texas


Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.26 gallons Number of bars per capita: 9.6 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 226.29 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.19 Drunk Score: 20.62

34 North Carolina Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.17 gallons Number of bars per capita: 7.06 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 291.64 Number of craft breweries per capita: 3.21 Drunk Score: 21.77

33 Indiana Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.15 gallons Number of bars per capita: 13.35 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 198.09 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.87 Drunk Score: 21.84

32 New York Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.15 gallons Number of bars per capita: 17.67 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 138.94 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.17 Drunk Score: 23.08

31 Florida


Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.61 gallons Number of bars per capita: 8.22 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 154.05 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.55 Drunk Score: 23.68

30 Massachusetts Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.55 gallons Number of bars per capita: 10.37 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 125.9 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.54 Drunk Score: 23.94

29 New Jersey Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.36 gallons Number of bars per capita: 10.14 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 242.79 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.43 Drunk Score: 23.98

28 Connecticut Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.4 gallons Number of bars per capita: 8.12 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 230.38 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.91 Drunk Score: 24.17

27 Illinois Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.39 gallons Number of bars per capita: 21.8 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 18.53 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.23 Drunk Score: 24.65

26 Arizona

Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.25 gallons

Number of bars per capita: 8.68

Number of DUI arrests per capita: 338.01

Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.77

Drunk Score: 25.18



25 Nebraska Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.16 gallons Number of bars per capita: 27.37 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 40.77 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.86 Drunk Score: 26.05

24 Louisiana Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.55 gallons Number of bars per capita: 16.75 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 131.27 Number of craft breweries per capita: 0.86 Drunk Score: 27.43

23 California


Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.49 gallons Number of bars per capita: 8.43 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 311.6 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.3 Drunk Score: 29.12

22 Michigan Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.36 gallons Number of bars per capita: 13.29 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 266 Number of craft breweries per capita: 4.01 Drunk Score: 30.08

21 Missouri Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.51 gallons Number of bars per capita: 10.28 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 300.35 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.29 Drunk Score: 30.45

20 Washington Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.22 gallons Number of bars per capita: 12.57 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 337.49 Number of craft breweries per capita: 5.62 Drunk Score: 31.52

19 Pennsylvania Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.34 gallons Number of bars per capita: 18.77 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 352.54 Number of craft breweries per capita: 3.13 Drunk Score: 36.84

18 Rhode Island Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.63 gallons Number of bars per capita: 21.92 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 168.95 Number of craft breweries per capita: 3.12 Drunk Score: 36.99

17 Delaware Alcohol consumption per capita: 3.52 gallons Number of bars per capita: 7.35 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 35.94 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.8 Drunk Score: 37.11

16 Hawaii Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.66 gallons Number of bars per capita: 13.23 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 420.11 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.69 Drunk Score: 40.35

15 Minnesota Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.79 gallons Number of bars per capita: 16.09 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 341.96 Number of craft breweries per capita: 3.5 Drunk Score: 43.57

14 Iowa Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.39 gallons Number of bars per capita: 28.58 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 320.2 Number of craft breweries per capita: 3.33 Drunk Score: 44.26

13 Idaho Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.94 gallons Number of bars per capita: 19.37 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 311.79 Number of craft breweries per capita: 4.17 Drunk Score: 48.45

12 Oregon Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.74 gallons Number of bars per capita: 20.59 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 317.39 Number of craft breweries per capita: 7.44 Drunk Score: 49.02

11 Maine Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.85 gallons Number of bars per capita: 9.56 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 435.75 Number of craft breweries per capita: 9.93 Drunk Score: 50.33

10 Colorado


Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.88 gallons Number of bars per capita: 13.48 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 415.79 Number of craft breweries per capita: 7.47 Drunk Score: 50.59

9 Alaska Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.85 gallons Number of bars per capita: 19.86 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 421.96 Number of craft breweries per capita: 6.12 Drunk Score: 53.87

8 Nevada Alcohol consumption per capita: 3.42 gallons Number of bars per capita: 22.2 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 312.82 Number of craft breweries per capita: 1.49 Drunk Score: 57.47

7 Vermont Alcohol consumption per capita: 3.06 gallons Number of bars per capita: 15.86 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 392.4 Number of craft breweries per capita: 10.89 Drunk Score: 58.47

6 Wyoming Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.78 gallons Number of bars per capita: 28.05 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 563.19 Number of craft breweries per capita: 7.1 Drunk Score: 66.03

5 Wisconsin Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.93 gallons Number of bars per capita: 47.16 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 405.36 Number of craft breweries per capita: 3.53 Drunk Score: 73.34

4 New Hampshire Alcohol consumption per capita: 4.67 gallons Number of bars per capita: 1.77 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 355.01 Number of craft breweries per capita: 6.72 Drunk Score: 73.49

3 South Dakota Alcohol consumption per capita: 2.37 gallons Number of bars per capita: 36.53 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 929.1 Number of craft breweries per capita: 3.76 Drunk Score: 77.13

2 Montana Alcohol consumption per capita: 3.1 gallons Number of bars per capita: 50.06 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 409.55 Number of craft breweries per capita: 8.67 Drunk Score: 84.38

1 North Dakota


Alcohol consumption per capita: 3.16 gallons Number of bars per capita: 52.24 Number of DUI arrests per capita: 833.42 Number of craft breweries per capita: 2.9 Drunk Score: 99.94


Think about it. How different our country, communities, our families and our own lives could be if we tried to make a clear, sober path towards a better future. Try a little each day to replace old habits on how to relax or have a good time. Create and form the thoughts, dreams that lead to being truly healthy, peaceful and living a good life for you and your children, without alcohol or any substance that takes you away from who you want to be. Be that person, it's your best life!


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