The Drunkest City in Every State

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6. Colorado
> Drunkest city: Fort Collins, CO
> MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 21.0% (top 25%)
> State adults binge or heavy drinking: 19.1% (15th highest)
> Alcohol related driving deaths: 30.6%

Home to Colorado State University, Fort Collins is a midsize college city located along the Cache La Poudre River in Colorado’s Front Range. College students drink more than nearly any other group. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 3 in 5 U.S. college students aged 18 to 22 drink alcohol. In the Fort Collins metro area, some 11.6% of the population are enrolled in college or graduate school — nearly the largest share in Colorado — and 21.0% of adults drink to excess or binge drink, the largest share in the state.

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7. Connecticut
> Drunkest city: Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
> MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 20.6% (top 25%)
> State adults binge or heavy drinking: 18.6% (18th highest)
> Alcohol related driving deaths: 34.6%

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk is the only metro area in Connecticut in which more than 1 in every 5 adults drinks excessively. Excessive drinking in a community does not necessarily increase the likelihood of drunk driving, but high alcohol consumption may partially explain such risky behavior in the Bridgeport area. Some 34.6% of roadway fatalities in the metro area involve alcohol, higher than both the state and national rates.

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8. Delaware
> Drunkest city: Dover, DE
> MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 15.4% (bottom 25%)
> State adults binge or heavy drinking: 16.6% (16th lowest)
> Alcohol related driving deaths: 38.6% (top 25%)

While Dover is the only metro area in Delaware and by default has largest share of adults who drink excessively, the city actually has one of the lowest excessive drinking rates in the country. Just 15.4% of adults in Dover binge or drink heavily, lower than both the national rate of 18.0% and even the state rate of 16.6%.

Better educated populations also often also have higher excessive drinking rates. In Dover, just 22.6% of adults have a bachelor’s degree, less than the 31.0% state and 31.3% national rates.

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9. Florida
> Drunkest city: Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL
> MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 20.8% (top 25%)
> State adults binge or heavy drinking: 17.4% (22nd lowest)
> Alcohol related driving deaths: 39.4% (top 10%)

Across Florida, only 17.4% of adults drink excessively, a smaller share than the 18.0% of adults nationwide. However, not all parts of the state report lower than typical excessive drinking rates. In Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, some 20.8% of adult residents drink excessively, the largest such share of any metro area in the Sunshine State.

In addition to having the state’s highest excessive drinking rate, the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin metro area also has the state’s highest alcohol-related roadway fatalities rate. Some 39.4% of driving deaths in the metro area involve alcohol. To compare, 28.2% of roadway fatalities statewide and 30.0% nationwide are alcohol related.

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10. Georgia
> Drunkest city: Athens-Clarke County, GA
> MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 17.5%
> State adults binge or heavy drinking: 16.8% (18th lowest)
> Alcohol related driving deaths: 22.4% (bottom 25%)

The Athens-Clarke County metro area is home to the University of Georgia, the largest college or university in the state. College students are much more likely to participate in activities involving alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, close to 3 in 5 college students between the ages of 18 and 22 drink alcohol on at least one occasion per month. In the Athens metro area, 16.3% of residents are enrolled in college or graduate school — the largest share in the state — and 17.5% of adults binge or drink heavily, also the largest share in the state.