It’s not as if we needed proof, but we’ve got more confirmation than when it comes to getting hammered, nobody beats a Midwesterner.
A survey shows that of the top 20 “most drunk” cities in America, 18 belong to the upper Midwest.
The Centers for Disease Control says Appleton, Wis., is the drunkest city in the country. Binge drinking is most common in households that earn at least $75,000 a year, and there’s no city in America that has more bars per capita.
Binge drinking is defined by the CDC as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men during a single sitting.
Wisconsin took the top four spots in the competition, disposing of Dubuque, Iowa, which took “honors” last year.
Fargo finished fifth. There are 2.8 gin joints for every 10,000 residents. Thirty percent of all driving deaths there are attributed to alcohol.
Minnesota made it into the top 10 thanks to Mankato. There, the CDC said, men are twice as likely as women to be binge drinkers and since the majority of Mankato’s population is men, that could explain the city’s binge drinking ranking.
Almost all of the driest cities in the country are in the South, although cities in Utah, owing to the large Mormon population, occupy the top two spots. In Provo, only about 14 percent of road deaths involve alcohol.