Special Report

The Drunkest (and Driest) Cities in America


To identify the U.S. cities with the highest and lowest excessive drinking rates, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of adults 18 and older who report binge or heavy drinking within a 30 day period across 381 metro areas. Metro-level data were aggregated from county-level data provided by County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program. All excessive drinking data is as of 2015. Median household income, poverty rates, median age, bachelor’s degree attainment rates, and share of the population in college or graduate school came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey. The number of bars per capita is also from 2015 and came from County Business Patterns, a program maintained by the Census. Health outcomes and factors, including the number of premature deaths per 100,000 people annually and the percentage of adults who report being in fair or poor health were also aggregated from county-level data obtained from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. The report was released in 2017, and specific data sets for the most recent years available.