Special Report

The Drunkest (and Driest) Cities in America

10. Mankato-North Mankato, MN
>Pct. adults drinking to excess:
>Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 20.8%
>Premature death: 250 deaths before age 75 per 100,000
>Median household income: $54,055

According to the CDC, men are two times more likely to binge drink than women. Mankato is one of a few U.S. metro areas where more than 50% of the population is male. This could partially explain the relatively high rate of excessive drinking in the Mankato metro area.

9. Eau Claire, WI
>Pct. adults drinking to excess:
>Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 43.3%
>Premature death: 278 deaths before age 75 per 100,000
>Median household income: $48,873

Eau Claire residents report some of the heaviest drinking in the country. As is the case in a number of other metros with high rates of excessive drinking, the Eau Claire area is home to quite a few drinking establishments. For every 10,000 residents, there are 6.4 bars, the second most of any U.S city.

8. Ames, IA
>Pct. adults drinking to excess:
>Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 11.8%
>Premature death: 214 deaths before age 75 per 100,000
>Median household income: $46,091

In Ames, 24.4% of adults report either binge or heavy drinking within the last month, a larger share than in all but seven other U.S. cities. While adults in Ames may be more likely than most to drink excessively, they also appear less likely to engage in risky behavior associated with drinking. Only 11.8% of fatalities on roads in Ames involved alcohol, far less than the 31.0% that did nationwide.

7. Fond du Lac, WI
>Pct. adults drinking to excess:
>Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 25.9%
>Premature death: 285 deaths before age 75 per 100,000
>Median household income: $51,717

In Fond du Lac, nearly one in every four adults drink to excess. By contrast, fewer than one in every five adults nationwide report excessive drinking. While alcohol consumption frequently leads to adverse health outcomes, Fond du Lac has one of the lowest premature death rates. Financial distress from poverty can be an even greater hindrance to health. Less than 10% of people in Fond du Lac live in poverty, one of the lowest rates nationwide.

6. La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN
>Pct. adults drinking to excess:
>Pct. driving deaths involving alcohol: 26.9%
>Premature death: 273 deaths before age 75 per 100,000
>Median household income: $50,568

There are 6.9 bars for every 10,000 people in La Crosse-Onalaska, more bars per capita than in any other U.S. city. La Crosse is also one of only six U.S. cities where more than one-quarter of adults drink excessively.

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