Minneapolis/St. Paul among nation's "drunkest cities"

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Sure we like our microbrews, but is Minneapolis one of the drunkest cities in America?

We're making a splash with craft cocktails, definitely have a lot going on in the world of breweries, we get amazing turnout at beer festivals, and take pride in the fact that our new stadium has much more than just Bud Light on tap, but where does Minneapolis/St.Paul fall in the ranks of America's "drunkest cities"? 

Based on numbers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and stats from Experian Marketing Services, the Twin Cities come in at No. 11 on the Daily Beast's list of 25 Drunkest Cities.

Here's more on the exact data they used to determine that placement, the other Midwestern cities that made the cut, and who took the No. 1 spot.

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To compile the list, data on average drinks per month per reporting resident was weighted the most heavily, followed by percentage of population classified as binge drinkers, and percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers. After analyzing numbers in these three categories, the Daily Beast determined the 25 drunkest cities in America to be:
1. Boston
2. Norfolk, Va.
3. Milwaukee
4. Charleston, S.C.
5. Austin, Texas
6. Hartford-New Haven, Conn.
7. New Orleans
8. Chicago
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Providence, R.I.
11. Minneapolis-St. Paul
12. Omaha, Neb.
13. Baltimore
14. Springfield, Mass.
15. Denver
16. Baton Rouge, La.
17. Reno, Nev.
18. San Francisco
19. Philadelphia
20. Fargo, N.D.
21. Las Vegas
22. Buffalo, N.Y.
23. St. Louis
24. Cleveland
25. Burlington, Vt.

The exact breakdown for Minneapolis/St. Paul was 13.8 (average number of alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month); 18.1 (percentage of population classified as binge drinkers); and 4.1 (percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers). 

What do you think? Does this report fit with your own view of our local drinking culture? Join the discussion in the comments below.



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9 comments
Marie Szcepanski
Marie Szcepanski

Did they include the empty mouthwash bottles at the bus stop benches?

dugsterdiver
dugsterdiver

Hartford and New Haven are 40 miles apart. So we are definitely top 10 as a metro area. Cheers

Michael Kleber-Diggs
Michael Kleber-Diggs

Are you judging us? You think you're better than us? We can quit at any time. This is nothing with us. We love you guys, man. We do. We love you guys.

Candi Olson
Candi Olson

i go on many vacations and i have never seen drunks like i do back at home.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Pretty sure Minneapolis is holding St. Paul back on this one...

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