Where Americans Drink the Most

Tennessee is known for its whiskey and Appalachian states like West Virginia for moonshine, and you might be forgiven for thinking that people in these areas drink a lot. But you’d be wrong. In fact, these two states have the smallest percentage of heavy drinkers in the United States.

Overall, people drink significantly more in the North than in the South; Utah has the smallest percentage of tipplers; and when it comes to binge-drinking, Wisconsin holds the (dubious) distinction of coming in first.

Such are the results of a study compiling data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2011 to 2013. Detox.net, a site that helps people locate facilities for substance abuse and alcohol treatment, combed through the info and produced a series of maps and graphs that provide an amazing overview of boozing in the U.S.


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