This Is The Drunkest City In North Carolina
No judgment here if you choose to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two. As long as you are being safe, not driving, and drinking responsibly. According to 24/7 Wall Street, “approximately 19.0% of adults in the U.S. report regularly consuming unhealthy amounts of alcohol.” But of course some states consume more or less of that amount. In order to determine which states have the most heavy or binge drinking, 24/7 Wall Street used county health data. They also determined the drunkest city in each state, including North Carolina.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines binge drinking as four or more drinks on a single occasion for women and five or more for men, and heavy drinking as eight or more drinks per week for women and 15 or more for men. It should come as no surprise that the state with the least amount of binge drinking is Utah. Mormons, which the population of Utah is heavily Mormon, don’t drink. It’s against their religion. On the opposite end of the spectrum the drunkest state or the one with the highest binge drinking rates- is Wisconsin. Riddle me that.
North Carolina fell somewhat in the middle, with a 16.9% excessive drinking rate. Good job NC at least it’s lower than the national average. I’ll take that as a win. But perhaps the most interesting part of this data? 24/7 Wall Street also named the drunkest city in each state. And the drunkest city in North Carolina? Jacksonville. My first guess probably would have been a college town, likely Greenville. East Carolina University is known to get a little wild and is always included on the top party schools list. But in hindsight Jacksonville, the home of a Marine base, yeah it adds up.
You can read the full study, list, and methodology directly from 24/7 Wall Street here. Cheers!