Rankings

25 Drunkest Cities 2012, From Milwaukee to Burlington, Vermont

With New Year’s toasts ahead, The Daily Beast calculates the cities with the highest alcohol tolerance.

‘Tis the season for champagne, winter ale, and eggnog. The end-of-the-year celebrations bring plenty of opportunities to indulge in alcohol, but in some parts of the country drinking is more of a everyday affair.

 

To figure out which cities imbibe the most throughout the year, The Daily Beast first reached out to market researcher Experian Marketing Services for recent data on the average number of alcoholic drinks per month per adult, in each metro area. As well, we pulled data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the percentage of residents who are binge drinkers and heavy drinkers. For the final ranking, the average drinks per month rank was weighted 50 percent; the binge-drinking and the heavy-drinking population for each metro area each got a 25 percent weighting.

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Burlington, Vt.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 13.2

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 19.4%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 7.5%

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Cleveland

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 13.1

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 20.4%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 6.5%

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St. Louis

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 13.4

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 18.0%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 6.1%

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Buffalo, N.Y.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 13.3

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 19.4%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 8.7%

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Las Vegas

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 13.5

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 17.5%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 5.1%

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Fargo, N.D.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 13.7

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 16.6%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 3.8%

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Philadelphia

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 14.9

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 14.7%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 3.2%

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San Francisco

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 15.3

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 14.0%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 6.1%

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Reno, Nev.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 13.6

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 18.1%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 8.5%

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Baton Rouge, La.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 14.8

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 15.5%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 4.9%

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Denver

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 14.4

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 16.8%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 5.1%

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Springfield, Mass.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 13.6

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 19.5%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 9.2%

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Baltimore

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 14.7

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 16.3%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 4.8%

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Omaha, Neb.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 13.6

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 19.5%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 5.9%

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Minneapolis-St. Paul

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 13.8

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 18.1%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 4.1%

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Providence, R.I.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 14.1

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 17.6%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 5.7%

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Washington, D.C.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 15.6

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 14.5%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 5%

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Chicago

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 15.0

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 17.2%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 6.1%

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New Orleans

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 15.1

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 16.8%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 5.4%

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Hartford-New Haven, Conn.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 15.2

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 16.5%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 3.6%

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Austin, Texas

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 14.6

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 18.4%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 5%

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Charleston, S.C.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 15.3

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 17.3%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 8.7%

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Milwaukee

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 15.2

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 18.9%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 6.7%

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Norfolk, Va.

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 15.1

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 19.9%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 5.2%

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Boston

Avg. alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month: 15.6

 

Percentage of population classified as binge drinkers: 20.1%

 

Percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers: 7.4%