A State of Inebriation

Sometimes after a hard day you'd like to take a nice seat and maybe have a drink or two... Or three... Or ten. 


Below is the list of the top 5 drunkest states. You can check out the full list here.

5. Illinois

  • Adults drinking excessively: 21.2%
  • Alcohol-related driving deaths: 34.2% (15th highest)
  • Adults in fair or poor health: 15.6% (25th highest)
  • Drunkest metro area: Bloomington, IL

4. Montana

  • Adults drinking excessively: 21.8%
  • Alcohol-related driving deaths: 46.3% (2nd highest)
  • Adults in fair or poor health: 14.2% (16th lowest)
  • Drunkest metro area: Missoula, MT

3. Alaska

  • Adults drinking excessively: 22.1%
  • Alcohol-related driving deaths: 33.8% (16th highest)
  • Adults in fair or poor health: 13.7% (12th lowest)
  • Drunkest metro area: Fairbanks, AK

2. Wisconsin

  • Adults drinking excessively: 24.5%
  • Alcohol-related driving deaths: 36.9% (8th highest)
  • Adults in fair or poor health: 14.0% (13th lowest)
  • Drunkest metro area: Green Bay, WI

1. North Dakota

  • Adults drinking excessively: 24.7%
  • Alcohol-related driving deaths: 46.7% (the highest)
  • Adults in fair or poor health: 13.4% (9th lowest)
  • Drunkest metro area: Fargo, ND-MN

The state with the highest share of adults drinking excessively is North Dakota, with nearly 25% of adults reporting binge drinking or drinking heavily. Not surprisingly, the state with the highest drinking rate also has the highest rate of alcohol-related driving deaths. A total of 46.7% of all roadway fatalities are attributable to alcohol consumption, much higher than the national share of 30%.


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