Study: People in Minnesota and Wisconsin are a bunch of drunks


There's no denying in, Minnesotans and Wisconsinites love their craft beer. So much so that 24/7 Wall Street has named several of the states' cities some of the drunkest in the country.

The company's study looked at several self-reported drinking rates – particularly the number of people who reported they binge drink or drink heavily.

Binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks in a single sitting for women, and five or more drinks for men.

Heavy drinking is defined by the number of drinks per week – eight or more for women, 15 or more for men.

Coming in at number one for the drunkest city in America is Appleton, Wisconsin. The study says 26.8 percent of residents drink unhealthy amounts of alcohol.

Appleton is followed by three more Wisconsin cities – Oshkosh-Neenah, Green Bay, and Madison.

Fargo comes in at number five (followed by three more Wisconsin cities and Ames, Iowa) and Mankato is marked as the 10th drunkest.

Here's the full list:

  1. Appleton, WI
  2. Oshkosh-Neenah, WI
  3. Green Bay, WI
  4. Madison, WI
  5. Fargo, ND
  6. La Crosse, WI
  7. Fon Du Lac, WI
  8. Ames, IA
  9. Eau Claire, WI
  10. Mankato, MN
  11. Wausau, WI
  12. Sheboygan, WI
  13. Missoula, MT
  14. Grand Forks, ND
  15. Racine, WI
  16. Janesville, WI
  17. Milwaukee, WI
  18. Lincoln, NE
  19. Iowa City, IA
  20. Corvallis, OR

There's also a list of the driest cities in the country – none of which were in Minnesota or Wisconsin. Several of the cities were in Utah, which has a high Mormon population so many people don't drink alcohol at all. Most of the other cities were located in the South.

Health concerns

Excessive alcohol use poses health concerns and can even be deadly.

Last year, Minnesota had one of the highest alcohol poisoning death rates in the country. Most of those who died of alcohol poisoning were white men between the ages of 35 and 64.

In the U.S., about 88,000 people die of it annually, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who drink excessively also increase their risk of heart disease, stroke, liver disease, several cancers, and mental health issues.

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