America’s Drunkest Cities of 2011, From Las Vegas to Boston (Photos)

With New Year’s Eve around the corner, The Daily Beast ranks which cities drink the most all year ’round.

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’Tis the season to throw back a few—eggnog for the holidays, hot toddies for the chill air, and Champagne for the New Year’s festivities. But for some urbanites, every season is drinking season. Certain cities, like Milwaukee, have a strong beer-brewing industry. Others may just have a thriving bar culture.

To compile the second annual list of the “drunkest” cities in the U.S., The Daily Beast first analyzed data from Experian Simmons, a leading market-research firm, which provided data on the average number of alcoholic drinks per month the residents of more than 200 cities across the country reported to have consumed in a survey from earlier this year. As well, we considered the percent of the population that are either binge drinkers or heavy drinkers for each metro area, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control. The average number of drinks was given twice the weight of the heavy- and binge-drinking population for the final rank.

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25. Houston

Population over age 21: 4,175,896
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
14.3
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
6.1%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
15.4%

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24. Norfolk, Va.

Population over age 21: 1,326,795
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
13.5
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
5.2%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
20.2%

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23. Cleveland

Population over age 21: 2,799,291
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
13.2
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
6.3%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
18.2%

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22. San Francisco

Population over age 21: 5,090,928
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
14.9
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
6.1%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
14%

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21. Providence, R.I.

Population over age 21: 1,171,508
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
13.9
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
5.7%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
17.6%

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20. Bismarck, N.D.

Population over age 21: 246,759
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
14.3
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
4.7%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
18.4%

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19. Seattle

Population over age 21: 3,489,568
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
14.1
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
6.1%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
16.9%

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18. Lincoln, Neb.

Population over age 21: 503,509
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
13.4
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
5.9%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
22.7%

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17. Sioux Falls, S.D.

Population over age 21: 482,254
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
13.3
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
6.4%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
19%

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16. Buffalo, N.Y.

Population over age 21: 1,170,570
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
13.1
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
8.7%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
19.4%

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15. Ft. Myers, Fla.

Population over age 21: 892,047
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
13.9
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
9.5%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
15.6%

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14. Las Vegas

Population over age 21: 1,378,179
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
14.6
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
5.1%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
17.5%

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13. Denver

Population over age 21: 2,934,772
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
15.3
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
5.1%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
16.8%

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12. Charleston, S.C.

Population over age 21: 568,139
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
13.8
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
8.7%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
17.3%

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11. Burlington, Vt.

Population over age 21: 636,937
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
13.5
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
7.5%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
19.4%

10. Tucson, Ariz.

Population over age 21: 851,516
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
14.2
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
8%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
16.8%

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9. San Diego

Population over age 21: 2,170,760
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
14.1
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
7.3%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
17.7%

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8. St. Louis

Population over age 21: 2,274,944
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
14.4
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
6.1%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
18%

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7. Austin, Texas

Population over age 21: 1,307,021
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
15.5
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
5%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
18.4%

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6. Chicago

Population over age 21: 6,829,793
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
15.5
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
6.1%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
17.2%

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5. San Antonio

Population over age 21: 1,617,338
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
14.2
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
8.2%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
19.4%

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4. Reno, Nev.

Population over age 21: 488,524
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
14.5
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
8.5%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
18.1%

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3. Milwaukee

Population over age 21: 1,642,230
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
15.7
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
6.7%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
18.9%

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2. Springfield, Mass.

Population over age 21: 507,679
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
14.6
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
9.2%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
19.5%

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1. Boston

Population over age 21: 4,750,296
Avg. monthly drinks consumed per person:
15.5
Percent of population that are heavy drinkers:
7.4%
Percent of population that are binge drinkers:
20.1%