The Drunkest City in Each State

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6. Colorado
> Drunkest city:
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood
> Pct of MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 19.0%
> Pct. of state adults binge or heavy drinking: 17.6%
> Pct of driving deaths alcohol related: 35.1%

A higher share of adults in the Denver metro area drink in excess than in any of the six other metro areas across Colorado. Altogether, nearly one in five Denver adults report excessive drinking habits. In Colorado Springs,just 11% of adults do not drink in moderation. More than 35% of driving fatalities in the Denver area are alcohol related, one of only 21 cities on this list where this percentage exceeded 35%.

7. Connecticut
> Drunkest city:
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk
> Pct of MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 20.6%
> Pct. of state adults binge or heavy drinking: 19.0%
> Pct of driving deaths alcohol related: 35.2%

More than one in five Bridgeport metro area adult residents drink excessively at least once per month, above both the state and national proportions of 19.0% and 15.0% respectively. While area residents have some of the nation’s lowest incidence of self-reported poor health and premature death, driving fatalities in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk metro are more likely to be alcohol related than across the state and the nation. More than 35% of driving deaths each year are associated with alcohol consumption, compared to 34.2% across the state, and 31.0% nationwide.

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8. Delaware
> Drunkest city:
Dover
> Pct of MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 16.1%
> Pct. of state adults binge or heavy drinking: 19.9%
> Pct of driving deaths alcohol related: 46.5%

Each year, 38.6% of driving fatalities in Delaware are attributed to alcohol consumption, the eighth highest percentage of all states. In Dover, an even higher 46.5% of driving deaths are alcohol related, one of the highest such percentages in the country. Drunk driving is a problem in the metro area despite the fact that state residents as a whole report higher levels of excessive drinking than residents in Dover, which is the only metro in the state.

9. Florida
> Drunkest city:
Sebastian-Vero Beach
> Pct of MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 19.7%
> Pct. of state adults binge or heavy drinking: 15.9%
> Pct of driving deaths alcohol related: 20.2%

Binge and heavy drinking is more prevalent in the Sebastian-Vero Beach metro area than it is in any of the 20 other metro areas across Florida. Roughly one in five Sebastian-Vero Beach residents report excessive drinking. Despite higher than average alcohol consumption, the city reports a smaller share of alcohol-related fatalities on the road than the state as a whole. In Vero Beach, 20.2% of fatal car accidents involve alcohol, compared to 29.2% of fatal car accidents across the state.

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10. Georgia
> Drunkest city:
Hinesville
> Pct of MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 18.3%
> Pct. of state adults binge or heavy drinking: 13.8%
> Pct of driving deaths alcohol related: 32.8%

Georgians drink less excessively than Americans in most states. About 14% of Georgia adults report heavy or binge drinking, one of the smaller shares compared to other states. Also, alcohol is involved in less than 24% of driving deaths, the fourth lowest share nationwide. In Hinesville, however, more than 18% of adult residents drink excessively, about 4 percentage points higher than the state, and 3 percentage points higher than the national rate. Almost 33% of driving deaths in the metro area are alcohol related, roughly 9 percentage points higher than in Georgia as a whole.