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Minnesota is surrounded by 15 of the 20 drunkest cities in America

Mankato is the only city in Minnesota listed in the top 20.
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In search of the 20 drunkest cities in America, 24/7 Wall Street took data from 381 metro areas and produced a top 20 list that features 10 cities in Wisconsin, three in Iowa, two in North Dakota and just one in Minnesota. 

The list is so heavily populated by Minnesota's direct neighbors that we bolded the four cities that aren't bordering or in Minnesota. The number to the right of each city is the percentage of adults who drink to excess. 

  1. Green Bay, WI - 26.5%
  2. Eau Claire, WI - 26.2%
  3. Appleton, WI - 26.2%
  4. Madison, WI - 25.9%
  5. Fargo, ND - 25.2%
  6. Oshkosh, WI - 24.5%
  7. Missoula, MT - 24.3%
  8. Grand Forks, ND - 24.2%
  9. Wausau, WI - 24.2%
  10. La Crosse, WI - 23.8%
  11. Mankato, MN - 23.6%
  12. Fond du Lac, WI - 23.5%
  13. Iowa City, IA - 23.1%
  14. Dubuque, IA - 23.0%
  15. Sheboygan, WI - 23.0%
  16. Watertown-Fort Drum, NY - 22.9%
  17. Lincoln, NE - 22.7%
  18. Fairbanks, AK - 22.7%
  19. Ames, IA - 22.7%
  20. Milwaukee, WI - 22.5%

24/7 Wall Street released data in March that said about one in five Minnesotans admit to drinking excessively, which the CDC defines as binge drinking or heavy drinking, both of which have different definitions for men and women. 

  • Binge drinking: 4+ drinks a day for women, 5+ for men.
  • Heavy drinking: 8+ drinks a week for women, 15+ for men. 

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