Special Report

States Drinking the Most Beer

Methodology

To identify the states drinking the most and least beer, 24/7 Tempo reviewed beer shipment data per capita in 2016 through 2020 provided by Beer Marketer’s Insights, a brewing industry trade publisher. States are ranked on shipment figures in gallons per adult — people 21 and over — in each state for 2020. Consumption is based on shipment volumes to each state.

Data on adults reporting excessive drinking of any form of alcohol, not just beer, came from 2020 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute joint program. Information on beer tax came from the Tax Foundation, a think tank that tracks U.S. tax policies.

Population and median household income came from the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey.

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