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How Much Beer Did the Average Person Drink in Every State

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According to a recent Gallup poll, some 63% of American adults drink alcohol — and the favored beverage among them is beer. Some 42% of American drinkers prefer beer, compared to 34% who choose wine, and just 19% who enjoy liquor the most. 

Americans consumed an estimated 6.3 billion gallons of beer in 2018, or about 26.2 gallons per drinking-age adult. For reference, 1 gallon is equal to about 8 pints. Beer consumption patterns are not uniform across the U.S., however, and in some states, residents are more likely to reach for a beer than in others. 

Using data provided by industry advocacy group Beer Marketer’s Insights, 24/7 Tempo reviewed annual per-capita beer consumption by state. Per capita consumption ranges from as little as 18.6 gallons to 40.8 gallons, depending on the state. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive drinking among adults falls into one of two primary categories. The first is binge drinking, defined as four or more drinks on a single occasion for women and five or more for men. The second is heavy drinking, which is defined as eight or more drinks per week for women and 15 or more for men. Any alcohol consumption for those who are pregnant is also considered excessive. 

Higher than average per capita beer consumption does not necessarily mean unhealthy or dangerous drinking habits. However, the states where the population drinks the most beer on a per capita basis also tend to have higher rates of unhealthy drinking habits than the national rates. 

In nine of the 10 states with the highest per-capita beer consumption, the share of adults who either binge drink or drink heavily exceeds the 18.0% national excessive drinking rate. Here is a full list of the states with the highest (and lowest) excessive drinking rates

Injuries, including those that result from motor vehicle crashes, are among the many short-term risks associated with binge drinking. In nine of the 10 states with the highest per-capita beer consumption, the share of roadway fatalities involving alcohol exceeds the 29.0% national rate. Alcohol impaired driving claimed nearly 11,000 lives on American roadways in 2017 and considerably reduced safety for everyone on the road. These are the states with the most dangerous roads.

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1. Alabama
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 28.7 gallons (19th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -10.6% (14th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 14.2% (5th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 28.6% (17th lowest)

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2. Alaska
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 26.9 gallons (tied – 25th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -11.5% (16th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 19.1% (20th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 36.6% (4th highest)

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3. Arizona
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 26.8 gallons (23rd least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -16.5% (15th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 17.3% (14th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 26.6% (11th lowest)

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4. Arkansas
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 23.4 gallons (10th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -17.0% (12th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 15.9% (9th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 26.3% (10th lowest)

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5. California
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 25.1 gallons (17th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -11.6% (17th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 17.8% (21st lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 29.8% (23rd lowest)

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6. Colorado
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 28.8 gallons (tied – 17th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -9.7% (13th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 20.6% (9th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 34.4% (14th highest)

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7. Connecticut
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 20 gallons (3rd least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -15.6% (19th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 18.4% (23rd lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 33.0% (18th highest)

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8. Delaware
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 28.4 gallons (21st most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -20.4% (6th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 18.4% (24th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 33.8% (15th highest)

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9. Florida
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 26.4 gallons (tied – 22nd least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -15.9% (18th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 17.5% (19th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 24.7% (8th lowest)

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10. Georgia
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 23.8 gallons (11th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -15.6% (20th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 15.1% (7th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 22.4% (6th lowest)

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11. Hawaii
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 30.6 gallons (tied – 12th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -6.7% (7th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 20.3% (13th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 34.4% (12th highest)

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12. Idaho
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 26.4 gallons (tied – 22nd least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -14.6% (25th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 17.4% (16th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 31.4% (21st highest)

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13. Illinois
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 27.7 gallons (23rd most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -9.2% (11th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 21.1% (6th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 32.6% (19th highest)

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14. Indiana
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 23.1 gallons (8th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -18.9% (7th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 18.6% (23rd highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 20.8% (2nd lowest)

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15. Iowa
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 31.2 gallons (10th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -12.8% (20th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 22.1% (4th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 28.0% (15th lowest)

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16. Kansas
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 25.8 gallons (tied – 19th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -13.4% (23rd highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 17.4% (17th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 23.6% (7th lowest)

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17. Kentucky
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 22.9 gallons (tied – 7th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -12.9% (21st highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 15.8% (8th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 27.3% (13th lowest)

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18. Louisiana
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 28 gallons (22nd most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -27.3% (the lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 18.5% (25th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 34.4% (13th highest)

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19. Maine
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 33.8 gallons (5th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: +3.7% (2nd highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 20.5% (12th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 37.4% (3rd highest)

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20. Maryland
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 19.6 gallons (2nd least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -23.1% (2nd lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 16.5% (10th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 29.9% (24th lowest)

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21. Massachusetts
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 22.9 gallons (tied – 7th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -16.1% (17th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 20.1% (15th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 29.2% (20th lowest)

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22. Michigan
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 24.7 gallons (16th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -13.0% (22nd highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 20.5% (11th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 29.1% (18th lowest)

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23. Minnesota
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 28.5 gallons (20th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -3.4% (4th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 22.9% (3rd highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 29.3% (21st lowest)

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24. Mississippi
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 30.4 gallons (14th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -17.4% (10th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 13.7% (4th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 21.2% (4th lowest)

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25. Missouri
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 27.2 gallons (25th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -17.6% (9th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 19.5% (18th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 29.1% (19th lowest)

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26. Montana
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 40.8 gallons (the most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -6.2% (6th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 20.7% (7th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 44.7% (2nd highest)

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27. Nebraska
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 32.5 gallons (9th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -12.6% (19th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 21.1% (5th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 34.8% (11th highest)

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28. Nevada
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 33.2 gallons (8th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -20.8% (5th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 17.6% (20th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 30.6% (25th lowest)

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29. New Hampshire
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 39.8 gallons (2nd most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -7.2% (8th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 20.1% (16th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 31.3% (22nd highest)

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30. New Jersey
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 20.1 gallons (4th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -14.5% (25th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 17.1% (13th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 22.3% (5th lowest)

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31. New Mexico
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 28.8 gallons (tied – 17th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -22.2% (4th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 16.6% (11th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 31.3% (23rd highest)

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32. New York
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 21.5 gallons (5th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -8.5% (9th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 18.8% (22nd highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 21.0% (3rd lowest)

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33. North Carolina
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 25.8 gallons (tied – 19th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -11.3% (15th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 16.7% (12th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 29.7% (22nd lowest)

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34. North Dakota
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 38.2 gallons (tied – 3rd most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -9.0% (10th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 25.9% (2nd highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 46.3% (the highest)

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35. Ohio
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 26.9 gallons (tied – 25th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -17.2% (11th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 19.1% (21st highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 33.1% (17th highest)

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36. Oklahoma
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 24.6 gallons (15th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -17.7% (8th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 12.8% (2nd lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 27.1% (12th lowest)

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37. Oregon
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 29.8 gallons (16th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -5.4% (5th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 18.5% (24th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 31.4% (20th highest)

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38. Pennsylvania
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 25.9 gallons (20th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -14.8% (23rd lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 20.5% (10th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 28.3% (16th lowest)

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39. Rhode Island
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 23.2 gallons (9th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -16.5% (14th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 17.4% (18th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 35.6% (8th highest)

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40. South Carolina
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 30.6 gallons (tied – 12th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -14.8% (24th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 18.5% (25th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 35.5% (9th highest)

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41. South Dakota
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 38.2 gallons (tied – 3rd most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -1.0% (3rd highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 20.2% (14th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 35.8% (5th highest)

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42. Tennessee
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 24.5 gallons (tied – 14th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -13.4% (24th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 14.4% (6th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 26.2% (9th lowest)

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43. Texas
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 30.9 gallons (11th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -16.9% (13th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 19.4% (19th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 27.7% (14th lowest)

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44. Utah
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 18.6 gallons (the least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -9.3% (12th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 13.4% (3rd lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 20.4% (the lowest)

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45. Vermont
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 33.3 gallons (7th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: +3.7% (the highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 20.6% (8th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 35.2% (10th highest)

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46. Virginia
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 24.5 gallons (tied – 14th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -15.5% (21st lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 17.4% (15th lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 31.1% (24th highest)

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47. Washington
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 24.3 gallons (12th least)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -15.3% (22nd lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 18.2% (22nd lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 33.1% (16th highest)

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48. West Virginia
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 27.3 gallons (24th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -16.3% (16th lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 11.8% (the lowest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 30.7% (25th highest)

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49. Wisconsin
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 33.6 gallons (6th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -12.5% (18th highest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 26.2% (the highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 35.8% (6th highest)

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50. Wyoming
> 2018 per capita beer consumption: 30.1 gallons (15th most)
> 10 yr. consumption change: -22.4% (3rd lowest)
> Excessive drinking rate: 19.9% (17th highest)
> Driving deaths involving alcohol: 35.7% (7th highest)

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Methodology

To identify the states that drink the most beer, 24/7 Tempo reviewed 2018 data from the Beer Institute on per capita consumption of beer (in gallons). Previous years consumption and the percent change in consumption between 2008 and 2018 also came from the Beer Institute.

Data on excessive drinking and driving deaths involving alcohol came from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program. Data on driving deaths and excessive drinking include all forms of alcohol and are not strictly limited to beer.

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