‘Bottoms up:’ New study looks at American’s drinking habits
Our country’s capital may well be the drunkest place in the United States, according to a new survey by SafeHome.org, a home and personal security company.
“D.C.’s total drunkenness score of 224,” compares to the average Southern state’s score of just 88. Northeast states led the nation with an average score of 169, Midwest states averaged 165 and Western states averaged 127, the survey claims.
According to the survey, “nearly 60 percent of Americans say they are regular drinkers and the average American consumes 2.3 gallons of alcohol annually.”
SafeHome’s study, “The Drunkest States in America,” released Sunday, Jan. 19, claims: “. . . The biggest teetotaler states are Arkansas, Georgia and Mississippi, which each have overall scores that are a fraction of the scores among the highest-ranking states.”
Georgia, comes out looking downright puritanical with a 50 ranking; only Arkansas had a lower drinking rate. Georgia’s national ranking was determined by analyzing these consumption patterns:
- No. 40 in percentage of adults who drink, 48.94 percent.
- No. 45 in percentage of adults who binge-drink, 22.5 percent.
- No. 49 in change in percentage of adults who drink, 2008-2017, -7.8 percent.
- No. 47 in alcohol consumption per person, 1.92 gallons
- No. 50 in per-capita craft breweries, 1.1 per 100,000
To read the SafeHome.org study go to https://www.safehome.org/drunkest-americans/ The study analyzed the most recent data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI among others.