This map shows the percentage of US adults age 26 and older who reported binge drinking in the previous month.
Binge alcohol use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least one day in the past 30 days.
The 50 states and the District of Columbia were ranked by Bloomberg based on results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health collected from approximately 67,500 individuals in the US in 2011 and 2012. The survey was sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The District of Columbia (zoom in with mouse click) leads the pack with 30.1%. To be fair it would make more sense to compare it to other cities and not states. It is followed by North Dakota (27.96%) and Rhode Island (27.94) on 2nd and 3rd places.
The state with the lowest number of people who binge drank is Utah with 15.65% followed by North Carolina (17%) and Tennessee (17.21%), where people seem to enjoy their Whiskey in moderation. Keep in mind though, that these numbers are based on what people reported in surveys.
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Published August 03, 2014 •
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CC BY-SA 2014 Ramiro Gómez (@yaph)